PHP Lifecycle: End Of Life And Support Status

Last updated on October 18, 2023

PHP, or “Hypertext Preprocessor” is a scripting language used by developers, usually on the server side. Its main purpose is web development and has been widely used in the last decade.

One of the significant benefits of using PHP above other scripting languages is its high customizability, which is also why it is used by the majority of web developers.

Support status guide

End of life (EOL) is the end of a product’s useful life. When a product reaches the end of its life cycle, the manufacturer no longer supports it. The following table explains the different phases of a product’s lifecycle. Testing status is when the product is initially released and EOL is when product support is no longer offered. The time between these two points is the support timeframe.

Testing

The software is not yet publicly available. It is in testing phase i.e., alpha, beta, release preview etc.

Active

The software is actively supported by the vendor.

Phasing Out

The software will soon reach its end of life. You need to look for upgrade or migration options. The software will automatically go into phasing out status 2 months before end of life.

End Of Life

The software is no longer supported by the vendor. You need to make sure your system and environment are safe.

Version

Released

Active Support

Extended Support

7 months and 4 weeks ago
(23 November 2023)
Ends in 1 year and 4 months
(23 November 2025)
Ends in 2 years and 4 months
(23 November 2026)
PHP 8.2
1 year and 7 months ago
(8 December 2022)
Ends in 4 months and 2 weeks
(8 December 2024)
Ends in 1 year and 4 months
(8 December 2025)
PHP 8.1
2 years and 7 months ago
(25 November 2021)
Ended 7 months and 3 weeks ago
(25 November 2023)
Ends in 4 months and 3 days
(25 November 2024)
PHP 8.0
3 years and 7 months ago
(26 November 2020)
Ended 1 year and 7 months ago
(26 November 2022)
Ended 7 months and 3 weeks ago
(26 November 2023)
PHP 7.4
4 years and 7 months ago
(28 November 2019)
Ended 2 years and 7 months ago
(28 November 2021)
Ended 1 year and 7 months ago
(28 November 2022)
PHP 7.3
5 years and 7 months ago
(6 December 2018)
Ended 3 years and 7 months ago
(6 December 2020)
Ended 2 years and 7 months ago
(6 December 2021)
PHP 7.2
6 years and 7 months ago
(30 November 2017)
Ended 4 years and 7 months ago
(30 November 2019)
Ended 3 years and 7 months ago
(30 November 2020)
PHP 7.1
7 years and 7 months ago
(1 December 2016)
Ended 5 years and 7 months ago
(1 December 2018)
Ended 4 years and 7 months ago
(1 December 2019)
PHP 7.0
8 years and 7 months ago
(3 December 2015)
Ended 6 years and 6 months ago
(4 January 2018)
Ended 5 years and 6 months ago
(10 January 2019)
PHP 5.6
9 years and 10 months ago
(28 August 2014)
Ended 7 years and 6 months ago
(19 January 2017)
Ended 5 years and 6 months ago
(31 December 2018)

PHP was first released in 1995 but did not become popular until 2005. Even then, it was not widely used. However, with security and other support, it is now the majority market holder in web development.

Since the release of PHP version 5.4 in 2012, a new version is released every year. PHP offers 2 years of Active support for all versions and then transcends to an additional 1 year of security support. When in the Security support duration, PHP may or may not receive security updates, depending on whether one is required. If there are no security vulnerabilities, threats, or reports, then a Security update may not be received.

You can find similar information on this official PHP website.

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