PHP 8 Alpha 1 released

Published On2020-06-25

PHP 8 Alpha 1 released

Today, 25th of June 2020, PHP 8 Alpha 1 release is out!

There is still time for the new features and changes to be made, until the Feature Freeze on 4th of August. There are some interesting RFCs in discussion/voting, such as an amendment to Attributes to change its syntax, and the new match syntax RFC.

  • 25 Jun 2020: Alpha 1
  • 09 Jul 2020: Alpha 2
  • 23 Jul 2020: Alpha 3
  • 04 Aug 2020: Feature freeze
  • 06 Aug 2020: Beta 1
  • 20 Aug 2020: Beta 2
  • 03 Sep 2020: Beta 3
  • 17 Sep 2020: RC 1
  • 01 Oct 2020: RC 2
  • 15 Oct 2020: RC 3
  • 29 Oct 2020: RC 4
  • 12 Nov 2020: RC 5
  • 26 Nov 2020: General Availability 🦄🎉

Release managers for PHP 8.0 are Sara Golemon and Gabriel Caruso. Release managers will be responsible in PHP 8.0 releases and help the release managers of the next release to coordinate releases. Sara was the release manager for PHP 7.2 as well.

Try it out!


You can try out the latest PHP versions in development either compiling PHP from source, or from official Docker images. Windows users can download ready-to-use binaries from Windows QA releases.

CI/CD systems

GitHub Actions, along with shivammathur/setup-php action can use PHP version 8.0 that will point to the current development builds (past Alpha 1).

For Travis CI, PHP 8 development builds are tagged with master name.

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