June 22, 2023

Are You Ready for PHP 8.0 EOL?

PHP Development

With PHP 8.0 EOL rapidly approaching, teams using PHP 8.0 need to upgrade to a supported PHP version or find alternative means to patch their deployments.  

In this blog, we discuss the impending end of life for PHP 8.0, with details on the risks of deploying un-supported PHP 8.0, potential upgrade paths, and long-term support options for teams that can’t upgrade in time.

The PHP 8.0 Support Lifecycle

While PHP 8.0 is reaching EOL, it's important to note that PHP 8 itself is still in active development, with PHP 8.3 releasing later this year.

PHP 8.0, like other PHP versions, has a defined community support lifecycle, with each minor release receiving community support for three years. That support is broken down into two phases, active support and security support. After the version reaches the end of the security support phase, the version is considered end of life.

Active Support

The active support phase for PHP versions runs from GA release date until the the security support phase. The active support phase includes both bug and security issue fixes, with regular point releases. For PHP 8.0, the active support phase lasted from November 26, 2020 to November 26, 2022.

Security Support

When the PHP version enters the security support phase, that means that it only receives updates when there are critical security issues. PHP 8.0 is currently in this phase (as of June 22, 2023) and will remain in security support until November 26, 2023.

End of Life

When PHP 8.0 reaches the end of the security support phase on November 26, 2023, it reaches community end of life. This means that it will no longer receive patches from the community. Any vulnerabilities that occur after that date will remain unpatched unless someone builds or acquires fixes to that CVE then applies them as a patch.

Zend extends PHP 8.0 end of life by two years, with patches for security vulnerabilities available until December 2025. 

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PHP Version  

Release Date  

Active Support End Date  

End of Life / Security Support End Date  

Zend PHP 8.0 LTS End Date  


November 26, 2020   

November 26, 2022  

November 26, 2023  

December 2025 

When Does PHP 8.0 Reach EOL?

The end of life date for PHP 8.0 is November 26, 2023. 

How Many Teams Are Using PHP 8.0? 

The Zend 2023 PHP Landscape Report found 35.4% of PHP teams using PHP 8.0 in production, second only to PHP 7.4 at 54.2%. 

The Consequences of Unsupported EOL PHP 8.0 

We’ve covered the consequences of unsupported PHP at length in other articles before, but the basic consequences hold true whether you’re using PHP 7.4 or PHP 8.0. Not upgrading to supported versions means that you’re missing out on a variety of advancements in PHP, as well as exposing yourself to vulnerabilities. 

While there is typically less of a gap for some of these categories when upgrading within a major version (e.g. 8.0 to 8.2), there can still be notable differences that make upgrading a valuable investment (beyond the obvious security benefits). 

Ultimately, end of life PHP versions don’t receive patches from the community, which means that any vulnerabilities discovered in end of life PHP versions will remain unpatched and vulnerable to exploit. Upgrading to a community-supported version, or partnering with an LTS provider like Zend can remove that risk.

Preparing for PHP 8 End of Life

As noted previously, there are generally two ways in which teams can prepare for PHP 8.0 end of life: upgrading to a supported version, or preparing an alternate means of patching your soon-to-be EOL PHP.

Upgrading PHP 8.0

The most common path for teams using PHP 8.0 will be to upgrade to PHP 8.1 or PHP 8.2. While not tantamount to a migration (e.g. migrating PHP 7.4 to PHP 8.0), upgrading PHP 8.0 to 8.1 or 8.2 will require careful planning

Depending on the complexity of the application(s), teams should give themselves plenty of time to scope and ultimately perform the upgrade.

The good news is that there are a variety of resources available for teams planning their migrations, including guides from php.net that detail the key features and incompatibilities for teams to test for and fix before they deploy the updated PHP version in production.

And, if that doesn’t solve the complexity of upgrading, companies like Zend can help via migration services.

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Long-Term Support for PHP 8.0 

Unfortunately, not all teams will be able to migrate PHP 8.0 to a supported version before it reaches end of life. While some teams may choose to self-support, not many are staffed to build and deploy PHP in house. 

Luckily, Zend offers long-term support that extends the lifecycle of PHP – including PHP 8.0. As noted above, Zend PHP LTS gives teams an extra two years to plan and execute a migration to a community supported PHP version. 

See LTS Options for PHP 8.0 

Zend offers a variety of LTS options, making a great fit for organizations of all sizes and needs. Get details on our LTS options via the link below. 

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Final Thoughts

PHP moves fast, and it means that organizations deploying PHP need to have a well thought out strategy for upgrading and eventually migrating their PHP. 

While the upgrade process for PHP 8.0 might not be as painful as other upgrades or migrations, don’t expect it to be easy. Be sure your team is carefully testing your applications before deploying, and, if you need help getting from 8.0 to 8.1 or beyond, or need LTS to keep your application(s) patched and secure in the meantime, Zend is here to help.

Get LTS and Migration Services for Your PHP 8.1 Deployments  

Keep your PHP secure and compliant with LTS or migration services from Zend. Explore your options today via the links below. 

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