Supported Versions

Each release branch of PHP is fully supported for two years from its initial stable release. During this period, bugs and security issues that have been reported are fixed and are released in regular point releases.

After this two year period of active support, each branch is then supported for an additional year for critical security issues only. Releases during this period are made on an as-needed basis: there may be multiple point releases, or none, depending on the number of reports.

Once the three years of support are completed, the branch reaches its end of life and is no longer supported. A table of end of life branches is available.

Currently Supported Versions

Branch Initial Release Active Support Until Security Support Until
7.2 30 Nov 2017 2 years, 10 months ago 30 Nov 2019 10 months ago 30 Nov 2020 in 1 month
7.3 6 Dec 2018 1 year, 10 months ago 6 Dec 2020 in 1 month 6 Dec 2021 in 1 year, 1 month
7.4 28 Nov 2019 10 months ago 28 Nov 2021 in 1 year, 1 month 28 Nov 2022 in 2 years, 1 month

Or, visualised as a calendar:

5.6 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 1 Jan 2017 1 Jan 2018 1 Jan 2019 1 Jan 2020 1 Jan 2021 1 Jan 2022 1 Jan 2023 1 Jan 2024 Today: 24 Oct 2020


Active support A release that is being actively supported. Reported bugs and security issues are fixed and regular point releases are made.
Security fixes only A release that is supported for critical security issues only. Releases are only made on an as-needed basis.
End of life A release that is no longer supported. Users of this release should upgrade as soon as possible, as they may be exposed to unpatched security vulnerabilities.
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