Fixing PHP Startup: Unable to load dynamic library ''

Update 20/04/2020: I just realised there were a couple of mistakes and have corrected it. Also updated to note of my system specification

Notice: This was done on a Ubuntu 16.04 machine with PHP 7.2 and NGINX. If you're using other configs, it might or might not work.

Earlier*, I encountered an annoying problem with one of PHP's extension, PHP GD. No matter how many times or what version of PHP GD I installed, PHP always prints the following warning:

PHP Warning: PHP Startup: Unable to load dynamic library '' (tried: /usr/lib/php/20170718/ (/usr/lib/php/20170718/ undefined symbol: gdImageCreateFromWebp), /usr/lib/php/20170718/ (/usr/lib/php/20170718/ cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory)) in Unknown on line 0

Thanks to this, here's how I fixed it for PHP7.2-FPM:

  1. Remove PHP GD including any reference/config to it. Run sudo apt purge php7.2-gd .
  2. Reinstall the extension: sudo apt update && sudo apt install php7.2-gd.
  3. Make sure gd.ini exist in your PHP 'mods-available' directory. For most, that would be at /etc/php/7.2/mods-available. If not, create it with the following content:
; configuration for php gd module
; priority=20
  1. Go to /usr/local/lib. The culprits are the multiple libgd*.so files. There's only supposed to be one, that is

Image 1 5. Either delete the files in red, or move them to a backup folder, leaving only 6. Restart both PHP and NGINX: service php7.2-fpm restart && service nginx restart 7. Verify that it's enabled and loaded by PHP:

Image 2

* Actually the warning for it has appeared since several months ago, I just didn't have time to take a look at it, since it didn't break anything.