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#PHP 5.6 is now in security fix only mode, which runs until the end of 2018. Plan your upgrades to PHP 7!- The 5th Annual China PHP Conference

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.

Currently Supported Versions

BranchInitial ReleaseActive Support UntilSecurity Support Until
5.6 *28 Aug 20142 years, 8 months ago19 Jan 20174 months ago31 Dec 2018in 1 year, 7 months
7.03 Dec 20151 year, 5 months ago3 Dec 2017in 6 months3 Dec 2018in 1 year, 6 months
7.11 Dec 20165 months ago1 Dec 2018in 1 year, 6 months1 Dec 2019in 2 years, 6 month


Key

Active supportA release that is being actively supported. Reported bugs and security issues are fixed and regular point releases are made.
Security fixes onlyA release that is supported for critical security issues only. Releases are only made on an as-needed basis.
End of lifeA 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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