Set up the Agentedit


Operating systemedit

The agent is currently only available for the Linux operating system.


The agent supports PHP versions 7.2-8.2.


The agent requires libcurl 7.58 or later.


Install the agent using one of the packages for supported platforms.

Using RPM package (RHEL/CentOS, Fedora)edit

rpm -ivh <package-file>.rpm

Using DEB package (Debian, Ubuntu 18+)edit

dpkg -i <package-file>.deb

Using APK package (Alpine)edit

apk add --allow-untrusted <package-file>.apk

Build from sourceedit

If you can’t find your distribution, you can install the agent by building it from the source. The following instructions will build the APM agent using the same docker environment that Elastic uses to build our official packages.

The agent is currently only available for Linux operating system.

  1. Download the agent source from
  2. Execute the following commands to build the agent and install it:
cd apm-agent-php
# for linux glibc - libc distributions (Ubuntu, Redhat, etc)
export BUILD_ARCHITECTURE=linux-x86-64
# for linux with musl - libc distributions (Alpine)
export BUILD_ARCHITECTURE=linuxmusl-x86-64
# provide a path to php-config tool
export PHP_CONFIG=php-config

# build extensions
make -f .ci/Makefile build

# run extension tests
PHP_VERSION=`$PHP_CONFIG --version | cut -d'.' -f 1,2` make -f .ci/Makefile run-phpt-tests

# install agent extensions
sudo cp agent/native/_build/${BUILD_ARCHITECTURE}-release/ext/elastic_apm-*.so `$PHP_CONFIG --extension-dir`

# install automatic loader
sudo cp agent/native/_build/${BUILD_ARCHITECTURE}-release/loader/code/ `$PHP_CONFIG --extension-dir`

Enable the extension by adding the following to your php.ini file:
elastic_apm.bootstrap_php_part_file=<repo root>/agent/php/bootstrap_php_part.php

To work, the agent needs both the built elastic_apm-*.so and the downloaded source files. So if you would like to build elastic_apm-*.so on one machine and then deploy it on a different machine, you will need to copy both the built elastic_apm-*.so and the downloaded source files.