PHP 7.3.0RC2: Downloads, Changelog, News

Release Information

PHP Version
PHP 7.3
Release Date
Release Type
Bug Fix Release
Release Status
EOL, Use PHP 7.3.33
Branch Status

PHP 7.3 reached EOL on , and all releases of this version no longer receive security or bug fixes. Using PHP 7.3.0RC2 is not recommended. PHP 7.3.33 is the latest version in the series.


Source Code

Git Clone
Use Git to clone the 7.3.0RC2 tag from the PHP Git repository.
git clone --depth 1 --branch php-7.3.0RC2
How to compile PHP
PHP can be compiled by setting up the dependencies, building the configure script (./buildconf), configuring the build ./configure, and running make.
Detailed articles on how to compile PHP are available for Ubuntu/Debian based systems and Fedora/RHEL based systems.

Windows binaries

Non-Thread Safe Builds
Non-Thread Safe (NTS) builds are single-threaded PHP builds. They can be used on web servers that integrate PHP over FastCGI protocol, such as Nginx, Caddy, and IIS.
Thread-Safe Builds
Thread-Safe (TS) builds are multi-thread PHP builds, often used to integrate PHP as a Server API for multithreaded servers. The most common use case is using PHP as an Apache module.

Docker/Podman Containers

PHP CLI Containers images only include the PHP CLI, and no FPM or Apache modules. The Alpine builds are lightweight, but may introduce incompatibilities due to their musl builds. Albeit their larger size, the Debian-based (without the "-alpine" suffix) images are more complete, and widely used.

Alpine-based: Lightweight, but may introduce incompatibilities due to their musl builds.
docker pull php:7.3.0RC2-cli-alpine

Debian-based: More compatible with other components, complete, and are widely used.
docker pull php:7.3.0RC2-cli
PHP CLI + Web Server Integration
These container images include PHP CLI, and a web server integration. FPM container images can be integrated with web servers such as Nginx, Caddy, and Apache with Event MPM. The Apache container images include Apache web server, integrating PHP as an Apache module.

Alpine-based: Lightweight, but may introduce incompatibilities due to their musl builds.
docker pull php:7.3.0RC2-fpm-alpine

Debian-based ZTS Apache: Includes Apache web server integrating PHP as an Apache module.
docker pull php:7.3.0RC2-apache

Debian-based NTS FPM: PHP-FPM, can be integrated with Nginx, Caddy, and other web servers over Fast CGI.
docker pull php:7.3.0RC2-fpm

Commit List

Anatol Belski

Christopher Jones

  • Remove trailing whitespace to help keep branches in sycn in eceb34073b
  • Remove trailing whitespace to help keep branches in sync in a2c0f8722b
  • Sync EXPECT usage with PHP-7.3 in bdd67d8175
  • And strip trailing tabs too in 37652336c7
  • Remove $id from phpinfo as already done in PHP-7.3 in 338802b543
  • Make tests portable across PHP 7.x versions in 3d497f884f
  • Backport master branch comment typo fix in 57eb25b393
  • Make usable for PECL OCI8 release for PHP 7.x in 91954c24da
  • Terminate smart string correctly in 9e56a3373e

Christoph M. Becker

Dmitry Stogov

  • Fixed bug #76869 (Incorrect bypassing protected method accessibilty check) in 655a99d131
  • Fixed bug #76800 (foreach inconsistent if array modified during loop) in 3bc4a63fc2
  • Allow switching back to Zend MM heap in b25bc917ec
  • Fixed bug #76711 (OPcache enabled triggers false-positive "Illegal string offset") in b8ffa3707c

Ferenc Kovacs

Manabu Matsui

Nikita Popov

Pierrick Charron

  • Fix 76480: Use curl_multi_wait() so that timeouts are respected in 3bb218a0a7

Sebastian Bergmann

Thomas Petazzoni

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