PHP 7 is the successor to PHP 5.6, it was released on December 3, 2015. Use this tag for issues relating to development using PHP 7

PHP 7 is the next version of . It succeeds PHP-5.6, which is the last release of the PHP 5.X version. PHP 7.0.0 was released on Dec 3, 2015


Several years ago there was a major push to make PHP Unicode compatible and this push focused around what was then slated to be PHP 6. An internal version was developed and a lot of material was published (including some books) about this new version. Serious problems with the implementation arose, however, and the project was abandoned, with most of the surviving code being implemented in PHP 5.4. To avoid confusion with this discussion the decision was made to skip version 6.


You can download the PHP 7 source and compile it yourself. Official builds are available on the PHP website.


New features of PHP 7 include (See all accepted features):

PHP7 migration guide

There's a whole section on Migrating from PHP 5.6.x to PHP 7.0.x in the manual:

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