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AEGIS Encryption with PHP Sodium Extension

AEGIS Encryption with PHP Sodium Extension

The Sodium extension in PHP 8.4 now supports AEGIS-128L and AEGIS256 Authenticated Encryption ciphers. They are significantly faster than AES-GCM and CHACHA20-POLY1305. This article benchmarks them and explains how to securely encrypt and decrypt data using AEGIS-128L and AEGIS256 on PHP.
How to Install/Upgrade PHP 8.3 on MacOS with Homebrew

How to Install/Upgrade PHP 8.3 on MacOS with Homebrew

Install PHP 8.3 and PHP extensions on MacOS with Homebrew.
How to install or upgrade to PHP 8.3 on Fedora, RHEL, CentOS, and more

How to install or upgrade to PHP 8.3 on Fedora, RHEL, CentOS, and more

Beginners guide on how to install PHP 8.3 on Fedora, RHEL, CentOS, Alma Linux, Rocky Linux, and others.
How to install or upgrade to PHP 8.3 on Ubuntu and Debian

How to install or upgrade to PHP 8.3 on Ubuntu and Debian

A complete guide to install or upgrade to PHP 8.3 on Ubuntu 22.04 (Jammy), Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal), Debian 10 (Buster), 11 (Bullseye), and Debian 12 (Bookworm).
How to use Caddy Server with PHP

How to use Caddy Server with PHP

Caddy is a modular and fast web server platform written in Go. It supports PHP to serve requests with PHP-FPM, and this explains how to configure Caddy server with PHP-FPM.
HTTP/3 Request with PHP Curl Extension

HTTP/3 Request with PHP Curl Extension

How to make HTTP/3 HTTP requests using PHP Curl extension, along with how to compile Curl with HTTP/3 support for PHP.

PHP News

PHP 8.3 Released!

PHP 8.3 was released today, containing over 1,000 commits from over 100 contributors.

First PHP 8.3 Release Candidate is now available for testing

The first release candidate (RC1) for PHP 8.3 is now released, along with Windows QA builds and Docker images.

PHP 8.3 Beta Released

The first beta release of the upcoming PHP 8.3 is released.

PHP Versions and Changes

Version StatusUpcoming Release

PHP 8.4 is the active development branch and the current target for new feature and major changes and new RFCs. Scheduled for general availability on 2024.

Release Date2023-11-23
Version StatusSupported (Latest)
Release Date2022-12-08
Version StatusSupported

PHP 8.2 is the latest PHP version which brings readonly classes, DNF types, null, false, and true types, sensitive parameter redaction support, a new random extension, and several new features along with a few deprecations.

Release Date2021-11-25
Version StatusSecurity-Fixes Only

PHP 8.1, released in 2021, brings major new features such as Enums, Fibers, never return type, Intersection Types, readonly properties, and more, while ironing out some of its undesired legacy features by deprecating them.

Release Date2020-11-26
Version StatusUnsupported

PHP 8.0, on the 25th year of PHP history, brings several important features such as Union Types, JIT, Constructor Property Promotion, Match Syntax, Named Parameters, and several more performance, syntax, and quality-of-life improvements.

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