Supported Versions

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

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

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

Currently Supported Versions

BranchInitial ReleaseActive Support UntilSecurity Support Until
5.6*28 Aug 20143 years, 10 months ago19 Jan 20171 year, 6 months ago31 Dec 2018in 5 months
7.03 Dec 20152 years, 7 months ago3 Dec 20177 months ago3 Dec 2018in 4 months
7.11 Dec 20161 year, 7 months ago1 Dec 2018in 4 months1 Dec 2019in 1 year, 4 months
7.230 Nov 20177 months ago30 Nov 2019in 1 year, 4 months30 Nov 2020in 2 years, 4 months

Or, visualised as a calendar: Jan 20151 Jan 20161 Jan 20171 Jan 20181 Jan 20191 Jan 20201 Jan 20211 Jan 2022Today: 21 Jul 2018


Active supportA release that is being actively supported. Reported bugs and securityissues are fixed and regular point releases are made.
Security fixes onlyA release that is supported for critical security issues only. Releasesare only made on an as-needed basis.
End of lifeA release that is no longer supported. Users of this release shouldupgrade as soon as possible, as they may be exposed to unpatched securityvulnerabilities.

Version specific notes

PHP 5.6

As it is the final PHP 5 release, support for PHP 5.6 has been extended:active support will run for an additional four months, and the security fixperiod has been doubled from one to two years. Other releases are unaffected.

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