Article ID: 113179, created on Jan 18, 2012, last review on Jun 24, 2014

  • Applies to:
  • Plesk 11.0 for Windows
  • Plesk 10.4 for Windows


How do I upgrade PHP to version 5.3 on Parallels Plesk Panel for Windows?


You can set up support for PHP 5.3 in Parallels Plesk Panel 10.4.4 via autoinstaller: Tools & Settings > Updates and Upgrades

Select "Add component" in autoinstaller, and then in the "Plesk hosting features" group, select "PHP5.3 script engine."

You can also set up PHP 5.3 support with the following command:
"%plesk_bin%\ai.exe" --select-release-id PANEL_10_4_4_WIN --install-component php53
You can enable PHP 5.3 support for a domain in the Hosting Settings of the domain:

You can create a domain with PHP 5.3 using the following command:
"%plesk_dir%\bin\domain.exe --create -hosting true -hst_type phys -clogin admin -login ftpuser1 -passwd s$kr3t -ip -php true -php_version 5.3
You can enable support of PHP 5.3 for an existing domain using the following command:
"%plesk_dir%\bin\domain.exe --update -php true -php_version 5.3
Also, you can define support of PHP 5.3 for domains in the Service Plan:

A Service Plan with support for PHP 5.3 can be created using the following command:
service_plan.exe --create newplan -php true -php_version 5.3

For an existing Service Plan, PHP 5.3 support can be enabled with the following command:
service_plan.exe --update "Default Domain" -php true -php_version 5.3
All of the above-mentioned actions can be executed with API-RPC requests. For example:
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Additional information

- The date.timezone parameter is set to UTC in %plesk_dir%\Additional\PleskPHP53\php.ini.
- Support for PHP operation as ISAPI was disabled in the 5.3 version of PHP. PHP 5.3 works in CGI or FastCGI mode in Plesk.
- If Plesk was installed with Microsoft SQL Server 2005, for correct operation of PHP extensions sqlsrv and sqlpdo, you also need to install MS SQL Server 2008 Native Client on the Plesk server.

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