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
7.4 28 Nov 2019 2 years ago 28 Nov 2021 8 days ago 28 Nov 2022 in 11 months
8.0 26 Nov 2020 1 year ago 26 Nov 2022 in 11 months 26 Nov 2023 in 1 year, 11 months
8.1 25 Nov 2021 11 days ago 25 Nov 2023 in 1 year, 11 months 25 Nov 2024 in 2 years, 11 months

Or, visualised as a calendar:

5.6 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 8.0 8.1 1 Jan 2018 1 Jan 2019 1 Jan 2020 1 Jan 2021 1 Jan 2022 1 Jan 2023 1 Jan 2024 1 Jan 2025 Today: 6 Dec 2021


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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