Installing Oracle OCI (oci8) library to Lubuntu 10.04.4 LTS – Using OCI instantclient 12.1

First Check Version of your Ubuntu

Run Command :  lsb_release -a

Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 10.04.4 LTS
Release: 10.04
Codename: lucid

Pre Requisites:

sudo apt-get install build-essential
sudo apt-get install php5-dev php-pear libaio1

Instant Client installation requires some environment variables to be able to see the library folder. Edit /etc/environment and add at the end:

# Oracle Instant Client LD_LIBRARY_PATH=”/usr/local/lib/instantclient_12_1″ TNS_ADMIN=”/usr/local/lib/instantclient_12_1″ ORACLE_BASE=”/usr/local/lib/instantclient_12_1″ ORACLE_HOME=$ORACLE_BASE

Now Download Right Version of Oracle Install Client
32 Bit :

64 Bit

Now transfer the downloaded file from local pc to ubuntu server using WinSCP


  • cd /usr/local/lib
  • sudo unzip <location-of-instant-client-basic>
  • sudo unzip <location-of-instant-client-sdk>
  • cd instantclient_12_1
  • sudo ln -s

The symbolic link is needed during the compilation step later.

  • sudo pecl install oci8

You will be prompted for the location of the library:


PHP5 Instructions

You should now create a new oci8.ini file which will be included when loading php.ini (Editing the php.ini is discouraged):

nano /etc/php5/conf.d/oci8.ini

this will create a blank file; add to this file:

In Ubuntu 13.10, you should create a new oci8.ini in:

nano /etc/php5/apache2/conf.d/oci8.ini

this will create a blank file. Then add to this file:

Restart Apache

  • sudo service apache2 restart

Check <?php echo phpinfo() ?> to verify if the oci8 module is available.

PHP Version


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Build Date Mar 24 2015 10:55:35
Server API Apache 2.0 Handler
Virtual Directory Support disabled
Configuration File (php.ini) Path /etc/php5/apache2
Loaded Configuration File /etc/php5/apache2/php.ini
Scan this dir for additional .ini files /etc/php5/apache2/conf.d
Additional .ini files parsed /etc/php5/apache2/conf.d/10-pdo.ini, /etc/php5/apache2/conf.d/20-mysql.ini, /etc/php5/apache2/conf.d/20-mysqli.ini, /etc/php5/apache2/conf.d/20-pdo_mysql.ini, /etc/php5/apache2/conf.d/20-readline.ini, /etc/php5/apache2/conf.d/oci8.ini
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PHP Extension 20100525
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Thread Safety disabled
Zend Signal Handling disabled
Zend Memory Manager enabled
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DTrace Support disabled
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