I followed the instruction mostly based on mote0230 github. Please be noticed that updating (and probably inserting) with arrays that contain named indexes, is not working. For my project, it is OK. I just need to read the data from dbf files. dbase-pecl-php7 # PHP 7 sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/php sudo apt-get install php7.0-fpm php7.0-curl php7.0-mysql