PHP & MySQL downloads

May i know the latest version of PHP and MySQL for windows?


Easy enough once you know what search terms work best.

I find that searching for
download {whatever} Windows {my version}
works well for finding what I can use.

Most sites will have the latest stable release version that can be downloaded prominently displayed.
(Some may also have links to cutting-edge non-stable development-only versions. And some may have older archived versions available.)

The trick sometimes is knowing what type of OS you have.
(eg. 32-bit, 64-bit)
and how you plan to use it.
(Command Line only, localhost server, etc.)

Windows, Linux, and Mac all have the latest versions of PHP. So basically, they are all on the latest versions which is supported.

Latest stable version for production and development is PHP 7.0.13.

While there is another version (which I use) only specifically for Windows. It’s not recommended to use as production, but for testing purposes and what not.

That version is PHP 7.1.0 RC 6.


As of PHP 7.1.0 RC 6, mcrypt is deprecated. - I could be wrong. Please double check for me.

You can download the binaries at if you know how to install it yourself. I am afraid that XAMPP and other “one click” solutions aren’t on RC 6 so you will most likely either use 7.0.12 or 7.0.13.

For version release expected dates, you can find it here.

For MySQL, the latest is 5.7 I believe.


As of yesterday, PHP 7.1 (7.1.0) has been released. The RC(s) aren’t needed anymore as they are sort of like beta testing versions and patches.

Just a reminder though, PHP 7.1 RC 6 has a lot of deprecated functions so I am not entirely sure if they will also follow through with the deprecation in the stable PHP 7.1 (7.1.0) release. Please keep that in mind. I will test some functions tomorrow and get back to this topic as soon as I can.

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Typically things deprecated in release candidates from PHP carry through to the final release. I can only think of a handful of times when that hasn’t happened. Either way, there is documentation and more articles about the final release of 7.1.0 now as well. :slight_smile:


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