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Which Base Packages are Deployed With a Cloudways Server?

This article will provide information about the base packages available with your Cloudways server with the default Debian 11 distribution.

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This article will provide information about the base packages available with your Cloudways server with the default Debian 11 distribution. We will also provide information on how it can be checked and verified. Debian 11 is available on all the servers launched after November 2nd, 2023.

We offer a one-click deployment of the server with the freedom to choose the best infrastructure provider available. All the Cloudways servers also come with various default packages and extensions/modules to create an equilibrium between your web applications’ performance and stability.

Debian

Debian serves as the foundational operating system for your Cloudways server. It is a highly stable and versatile Linux distribution known for its commitment to free and open-source software principles. Debian provides the core infrastructure upon which all the other components of your server stack are built. With Debian 11 as the default distribution, Cloudways ensures a reliable and secure base for your web applications. It offers a robust environment that supports Nginx, Varnish, Apache, MariaDB, Memcached, and PHP.

How to Verify Debian Version

  1. To verify the Debian version, connect to your server via SSH.

  2. Once you are connected, execute the following command to view the details.

lsb_release -a

Nginx

Cloudways Platform comes with a web server called Nginx as a part of our default web stack. All of our cloud servers are equipped with robust Nginx to serve static content requests. It helps to serve more audiences rapidly while lowering down the load on your server as it needs minimal resources. The currently available version of Nginx is 1.25.x, and the available ports are 80 and 443.

How to Verify Nginx Version

  1. To verify the Nginx version, connect to your server via SSH.

  2. Once you are connected, execute the following command to view the details.

dpkg -l | grep nginx

Varnish

Cloudways Platform offers built-in Varnish Cache as a part of our optimization stack. It is an open-source HTTP accelerator designed for dynamic websites to cache and deliver static and dynamic content requests. The currently available version of Varnish is 6.0.x. It works excellent with Nginx and Apache to provide a superior experience to your site visitors.

How to Verify Varnish Version

  1. To verify the Varnish version, connect to your server via SSH.

  2. Once you are connected, execute the following command to view the details.

dpkg -l | grep varnish

Apache

Apache is a renowned HTTP web server and is developed and maintained by Apache Foundation. Cloudways Platform also includes a blazing-fast Apache web server as a part of our lightning-fast and optimized web stack. Apache is well known for its reliability, compatibility, and impressive range of features. The installed version is Apache 2.4.x for Debian 10 or higher.

How to Verify Apache Version

  1. To verify the Apache version, connect to your server via SSH.

  2. Once you are connected, execute the following command to view the details.

dpkg -l | grep apache

Apache Modules

Most of the default modules are available on the servers. Modules that are not enabled by default can be requested by contacting our Support Team via Live Chat or opening a support ticket to check the possibility of enabling it.

Below is the list of most commonly used Apache modules:

core_module (static)
so_module (static)
watchdog_module (static)
http_module (static)
log_config_module (static)
logio_module (static)
version_module (static)
unixd_module (static)
access_compat_module (shared)
actions_module (shared)
alias_module (shared)
auth_basic_module (shared)
authn_core_module (shared)
authn_file_module (shared)
authz_core_module (shared)
authz_host_module (shared)
authz_user_module (shared)
autoindex_module (shared)
deflate_module (shared)
dir_module (shared)
env_module (shared)
expires_module (shared)
fcgid_module (shared)
filter_module (shared)
headers_module (shared)
mime_module (shared)
mpm_event_module (shared)
negotiation_module (shared)
proxy_module (shared)
proxy_fcgi_module (shared)
remoteip_module (shared)
reqtimeout_module (shared)
rewrite_module (shared)
rpaf_module (shared)
setenvif_module (shared)
socache_shmcb_module (shared)
ssl_module (shared)
status_module (shared)

Database

Our stack includes MariaDB 10.5 as a default database of your web application. You can always upgrade to the latest version, e.g., MariaDB 10.6, as per your requirements. You can not downgrade MariaDB packages.

Question

Why Cloudways offers MariaDB and not MySQL?

MariaDB is an advanced version and a compatible drop-in replacement for the equivalent MySQL version. Read more about why Cloudways offers MariaDB?.

You can also verify and see all the available database versions using the Cloudways Platform. Click here to read more information about it.

Memcached

Memcached is a caching system used to speed up dynamic web applications by storing data in the server’s memory for a limited time to ease the load on the database. The installed version of Memcached is 1.5.x.

How to Verify Memcached Version

  1. To verify the Memcached version, connect to your server via SSH.

  2. Once you are connected, execute the following command to view the details.

dpkg -l | grep memcached

PHP

Your new server is configured to use PHP 8.1 by default. You can always upgrade to the latest version, e.g., PHP 8.2, as per your requirements. Downgrading the PHP version has some limitations, so you can view which PHP versions you can upgrade or downgrade to currently.

Important Announcement for Older PHP Versions

Cloudways currently supports PHP 7.4, 8.0, 8.1, and 8.2 and the older versions (5.6, 7.0, 7.1, 7.2, and 7.3) are deprecated as of August 15th, 2022. As a result, new and existing servers with the default PHP 7.4 or newer versions will not have the option to downgrade to older and deprecated versions; however, existing servers with deprecated versions will continue to work for the time being.

The deprecated versions will reach the end of life on December 31st, 2023; therefore, you are requested to upgrade to the latest version. Please refer to the Cloudways deprecation process and policy for more details.

The latest version is PHP 8.2, which requires Debian 10 or higher. It is not compatible with older Debian versions. You can also check your application compatibility with different available PHP versions.

How to Verify PHP Version

  1. To verify the PHP version, connect to your server via SSH.

  2. Once you are connected, execute the following command to view the details.

php -v

PHP Extensions/Modules

A large number of PHP extensions/modules are installed according to the selected PHP version.

Tip

PHP extensions/modules that are not enabled by default can be requested by contacting us via Live Chat or support ticket to check the possibility of enabling it.

PHP 7.4.x Extensions

The following extensions are available for PHP 7.4.x version. Also, this version supports xDebug, which can be enabled from the server settings. ZendGuard is not supported in this PHP version.

[PHP Modules]
apc
apcu (version 5.1.x)
bcmath
bz2 (version 1.0.x)
calendar
Core
ctype
curl (version 7.52.x)
date (timelib version 2018.04)
dba (libdb header version Berkeley DB 5.3.x | libdb library version Berkeley DB 5.3.x)
dom (API version 20031129)
enchant (libenchant version 1.6.x)
exif (version 0220)
FFI
fileinfo
filter
ftp
gd (headers version 2.2.x | library version 2.2.x)
gettext
gmp (version 6.1.x)
hash
iconv (library version 2.24)
igbinary (version 3.2.x)
imagick (module version 3.4.x)
imap (c-Client version 2007f)
intl
ionCube Loader (version 10.4.x)
json
libxml (compiled version 2.9.x | loaded version 20909)
mbstring
memcached (version 3.1.x)
mongodb (extension version 1.9.x)
msgpack (extension version 2.1.x | header version 3.2.x)
mysqli
mysqlnd (version 7.4.x)
odbc
openssl (library version 1.1.1i | header version 1.1.1i)
pcntl
pcre (library version 10.34)
PDO
pdo_dblib
PDO_Firebird
pdo_mysql
PDO_ODBC
pdo_pgsql
pdo_sqlite
pgsql (version 9.6.x)
Phar (API version 1.1.x)
posix
readline
Reflection
session
shmop
SimpleXML
soap
sockets
sodium (header version 1.0.x | library version 1.0.x)
SPL
sqlite3 (library version 3.16.x)
standard
sysvmsg
sysvsem
sysvshm
tidy (libTidy version 5.6.x)
tokenizer
xml (libxml2 version 2.9.x)
xmlreader
xmlrpc (xmlrpc-epi v. 0.54)
xmlwriter
xsl (libxslt version 1.1.x)
Zend OPcache (version 7.4.x)
zip (version 1.15.x | header version 1.7.x | library version 1.7.x)
zlib (compiled version 1.2.x | linked version 1.2.x)
--
[Zend Modules]
Zend OPcache (version 7.4.x)
the ionCube PHP Loader + ionCube24 (version 10.4.x)

PHP 8.0.x Extensions

The following extensions are available for PHP 8.0.x version. Also, this version supports xDebug, which can be enabled from the server settings. ZendGuard and IonCube are currently not supported in this PHP version.

[PHP Modules]
apcu (version 5.1.x)
bcmath
bz2 (version 1.0.x)
calendar
Core
ctype
curl (version 7.52.x)
date (timelib version 2020.02)
dba (libdb header version Berkeley DB 5.3.x | libdb library version Berkeley DB 5.3.x)
dom (API version 20031129)
enchant (libenchant version 1.6.x)
exif (version 0220)
FFI
fileinfo
filter
ftp
gd (headers version 2.2.x | library version 2.2.x)
gettext
gmp (version 6.1.x)
hash
iconv (library version 2.24)
igbinary (version 3.2.x)
imagick (module version 3.4.x)
imap (c-Client version 2007f)
intl
json
libxml (compiled version 2.9.x | loaded version 20909)
mbstring
memcached (version 3.1.x)
mongodb (extension version 1.9.x)
msgpack (extension version 2.1.x | header version 3.2.x)
mysqli
mysqlnd (version 8.0.x)
odbc
openssl (library version 1.1.1g | header version 1.1.1i)
pcntl
pcre (library version 10.34)
PDO
pdo_dblib
PDO_Firebird
pdo_mysql
PDO_ODBC
pdo_pgsql
pdo_sqlite
pgsql (version 9.6.x)
Phar (API version 1.1.x)
posix
readline
Reflection
session
shmop
SimpleXML
soap
sockets
sodium (header version 1.0.x | library version 1.0.x)
SPL
sqlite3 (library version 3.16.x)
standard
sysvmsg
sysvsem
sysvshm
tidy (libTidy version 5.6.x)
tokenizer
xml (libxml2 version 2.9.x)
xmlreader
xmlwriter
xsl (libxslt version 1.1.x)
Zend OPcache (version 8.0.x)
zip (version 1.19.x | libzip version 1.7.x)
zlib (compiled version 1.2.x | linked version 1.2.x)
--
[Zend Modules]
Zend OPcache (version 8.0.x)

PHP 8.1.x Extensions

The following extensions are available for PHP 8.1.x version. Also, this version supports xDebug and ionCube PHP Loader.

xDebug can be enabled from the server settings; however, ionCube PHP Loader is enabled by default. If it is not enabled, please downgrade your PHP version and upgrade to PHP 8.1 again. ZendGuard is currently not supported in this PHP version. In addition, Zend OPcache is disabled.

[PHP Modules]
apcu (version 5.1.x)
bcmath
bz2 (version 1.0.x)
calendar
Core
ctype
curl (version 7.64.x)
date (timelib version 2021.12)
dba (libdb header version Berkeley DB 5.3.x | libdb library version Berkeley DB 5.3.x)
dom (API version 20031129)
enchant (libenchant version 1.6.x)
exif (version 0220)
FFI
fileinfo
filter
ftp
gd (headers version 2.3.x | library version 2.3.x)
gettext
gmp (version 6.1.x)
hash
iconv (library version 2.28)
igbinary (version 3.2.x)
imagick (module version 3.6.x)
imap (c-Client version 2007f)
intl
ionCube Loader (version 12.0.x)
json
libxml (compiled version 2.9.x | loaded version 20912)
mbstring
memcached (version 3.2.x)
mongodb (extension version 1.13.x)
msgpack (extension version 2.2.0RC1 | header version 3.2.x)
mysqli
mysqlnd (version 8.1.x)
odbc
openssl (library version 1.1.1d | header version 1.1.1n)
pcntl
pcre (library version 10.40)
PDO
pdo_dblib
PDO_Firebird
pdo_mysql
PDO_ODBC
pdo_pgsql
pdo_sqlite
pgsql (version 11.14)
Phar (API version 1.1.x)
posix
readline
redis (version 5.3.x)
Reflection
session
shmop
SimpleXML
soap
sockets
sodium (header version 1.0.x | library version 1.0.x)
SPL
sqlite3 (library version 3.27.x)
standard
sysvmsg
sysvsem
sysvshm
tidy (libTidy version 5.6.x)
tokenizer
xml (libxml2 version 2.9.x)
xmlreader
xmlrpc (extension version 1.0.0RC3 | core library version xmlrpc-epi v. 0.54)
xmlwriter
xsl (libxslt version 1.1.x)
Zend OPcache (disabled)
zip (version 1.19.x | libzip version 1.7.x)
zlib (compiled version 1.2.x | linked version 1.2.x)

[Zend Modules]
Zend OPcache (disabled)
the ionCube PHP Loader (version 12.0.x)

PHP 8.2.x Extensions

The following extensions are available for PHP 8.2.x version. Also, this version supports xDebug, which can be enabled from the server settings. ZendGuard and IonCube are currently not supported in this PHP version.

[PHP Modules]
apcu (version 5.1.x)
bcmath
bz2 (version 1.0.x)
calendar
Core
ctype
curl (version 7.64.x)
date (timelib version 2022.03)
dba (libdb header version Berkeley DB 5.3.x | libdb library version Berkeley DB 5.3.x)
dom (API version 20031129)
enchant (libenchant version 1.6.x)
exif (version 0220)
FFI
fileinfo
filter
ftp
gd (headers version 2.3.x | library version 2.3.x)
gettext
gmp (version 6.1.x)
hash
iconv (library version 2.28)
igbinary (version 3.2.x)
imagick (module version 3.7.x)
imap (c-Client version 2007f)
intl
json
libxml (compiled version 2.9.x | loaded version 20914)
mbstring
memcached (version 3.2.x)
mongodb (extension version 1.15.x)
msgpack (extension version 2.2.0RC1 | header version 3.2.x)
mysqli
mysqlnd (version 8.2.x)
odbc
openssl (library version 1.1.1n | header version 1.1.1n)
pcntl
pcre (library version 10.40)
PDO
pdo_dblib
PDO_Firebird
pdo_mysql
PDO_ODBC
pdo_pgsql
pdo_sqlite
pgsql (version 11.14)
Phar (API version 1.1.x)
posix
random
readline
redis (version 5.3.x)
Reflection
session
shmop
SimpleXML
soap
sockets
sodium (header version 1.0.x | library version 1.0.x)
SPL
sqlite3 (library version 3.27.x)
standard
sysvmsg
sysvsem
sysvshm
tidy (libTidy version 5.6.x)
tokenizer
xml (libxml2 version 2.9.x)
xmlreader
xmlrpc (extension version 1.0.0RC3 | core library version xmlrpc-epi v. 0.54)
xmlwriter
xsl (libxslt version 1.1.x)
Zend OPcache (disabled)
zip (version 1.21.x | libzip version 1.7.x)
zlib (compiled version 1.2.x | linked version 1.2.x)

[Zend Modules]
Zend OPcache (disabled)

Additional Modules/Extensions

The following modules/extensions are installed beside the standard modules/extensions:

Module name

Version

2.30.x

2.2.x

9.17.x

7.0.x

7.17

That’s it! We hope this article was helpful. If you need any help, then feel free to search your query on Cloudways Support Center or contact us via chat (Need a Hand > Send us a Message). Alternatively, you can also create a support ticket.

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