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Status Delivered
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on Dec 15, 2020

PHP ODBC connections to MSSQL require FreeTDS

Our websites hosted on the IBMi require PHP connections to MSSQL database servers. This was possible with the Zend Server Free edition (expiring June 2021) with a PHP PDO driver plugin "dblib". With our migration to the RPM based PHP, there is currently no support for PHP PDO drivers with MSSQL connections. This requires users to build FreeTDS themselves, which I am not experienced with.

A similar issue identified with Python is below:

Use Case:

Using the latest RPM-based PHP version currently available from Zend repo (7.3.14), with the unixODBC driver, and the latest ibm-iaccess odbc driver, there is no support for MSSQL connections.
I am also using Nginx as the web server, but same would apply to Apache, it is a limitation within PHP.

Idea priority Urgent
  • Guest
    Apr 2, 2021

    PHP capability to communicate with MSSQL has been delivered by the partners at Seiden Group. For information about PHP distributions on IBM i, see

  • Guest
    Dec 23, 2020

    Thanks for your note Alan. I can confirm that the FreeTDS and PDO_DBLIB extension with CommunityPlus+ PHP from Seiden Group does resolve this issue, and connections to MSSQL are now working correctly! Huge Thanks!!

  • Guest
    Dec 18, 2020

    PDO_DBLIB (MSSQL with FreeTDS) and many other popular modules are included with CommunityPlus+ PHP (