Installation: Linux

We support x86_64 Linux, and offer prebuilt packages on variety of Ubuntu and Debian platforms.

While you can build from source, it is generally advisable for ease of installation and stability to use a prebuilt package.

These instructions require root; use su - or sudo -i to get a root shell first.

Obtaining The Latest Stable Version


apt-get update
apt-get install software-properties-common apt-transport-https
apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver hkp:// 0xB4112585D386EB94

apt-get update
apt-get install hhvm

Debian 8 Jessie, Debian 9 Stretch

apt-get update
apt-get install -y apt-transport-https software-properties-common
apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver hkp:// 0xB4112585D386EB94

apt-get update
apt-get install hhvm

Obtaining A Specific Release

It is generally recommended to run the newest version your code can support. This bash oneliner can be used to add the repository for the version you want to install. Replace major with the hhvm major version and minor with the hhvm minor version. You should not specify the patch part of the version number.

apt-add-repository "deb$(lsb_release --id --short | tr '[:upper:]' '[:lower:]') $(lsb_release --codename --short)-major.minor main"

So in order to get HHVM 4.56 you would use apt-add-repository "deb$(lsb_release --id --short | tr '[:upper:]' '[:lower:]') $(lsb_release --codename --short)-4.56 main""

You will automatically receive patches such as HHVM 4.56.1, but you won't be upgraded to HHVM 4.57 and up.

If you get an HTTP 404 error from apt, please check if the hhvm version you attempted to install supports your operating system on the blog.

A particular version of note is hhvm 3.30. It requires an extra -lts after the minor version number. This version is unsupported as of November 2019 and should not be used. apt-add-repository "deb$(lsb_release --id --short | tr '[:upper:]' '[:lower:]') $(lsb_release --codename --short)-3.30-lts main"

Choosing A Version

If you are working on a new project, you can install the latest stable version.

If you have an existing project, you can upgrade one release at a time using the blog to read up on breaking changes.

If you are inheriting a project and you don't know what version it was written against, check the composer.json file. This file is usually found at the root of a project (right next to .hhconfig). This file ought to include a version requirement like "hhvm": "^4.56". If not, check the last time a commit was made and find what HHVM version was recent at that time using the blog.

Whatever you do, please make sure that your chosen HHVM version is receiving security updates. The blog will inform you on what versions supported.

Other Packages

The above commands all install the standard hhvm package, which is the stable, release configuration. We have a few other packages available in the repo as well:

# Stable debug build that is suitable for debuggers like gdb
apt-get install hhvm-dbg

# Stable developer package that contains the headers so you can create extensions, etc.
apt-get install hhvm-dev

# Nightly build (Living on the edge, rebuilt everyday, possibly unstable)
apt-get install hhvm-nightly

# Nightly debug build
apt-get install hhvm-nightly-dbg

# Nightly developer build
apt-get install hhvm-dev-nightly

GPG Key Installation: Alternative Method

If you encounter issues with the apt-key adv command, an alternative is:

apt-get install -y curl
curl | apt-key add -
apt-key finger ''

The 'fingerprint' shown by apt-key finger (the second line) should exactly match 0583 41C6 8FC8 DE60 17D7 75A1 B411 2585 D386 EB94; for example:

$ apt-key finger ''
pub   rsa4096 2017-11-03 [SC]
      0583 41C6 8FC8 DE60 17D7  75A1 B411 2585 D386 EB94
uid           [ unknown] HHVM Package Signing <>

If this is not the case, run apt-key list, then use apt-key del to remove any keys you don't recognize.

Mirrors is fronted by a global CDN, so should be fast for all users. If you wish to maintain a local mirror, you can use AWS CLI utilities to sync:

aws s3 sync \
  --no-sign-request \
  --region us-west-2 \
  s3://hhvm-downloads/ \
  ./localpath/ \
  --exclude '*index.html'