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
5.6 * 28 Aug 2014 1 year, 11 months ago 31 Dec 2016 in 4 months 31 Dec 2018 in 2 years, 4 months
7.0 3 Dec 2015 7 months ago 3 Dec 2017 in 1 year, 4 months 3 Dec 2018 in 2 years, 4 months

Or, visualised as a calendar:

5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 7.0 1 Jan 2013 1 Jan 2014 1 Jan 2015 1 Jan 2016 1 Jan 2017 1 Jan 2018 1 Jan 2019 1 Jan 2020 Today: 31 Jul 2016

Key

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.

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 fix period has been doubled from one to two years. Other releases are unaffected.

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