Software update: PHP 5.3.0 rc2

The PHP development team has released the second release candidate of the 5.3.0 branch. PHP calls itself a ‘hypertext preprocessor’ and is mainly used to generate dynamic content in the html markup language server side. The software is often used in combination with the database program MySQL, with which the dynamic content of websites and forums can be served. The abbreviated announcement for this second release candidate is as follows:

PHP 5.3.0RC2 Release Announcement

The PHP development team is proud to announce the second release candidate of PHP 5.3.0 (PHP 5.3.0RC2). This RC focuses on bug fixes and stability improvements, and we hope only minimal changes are required for the next candidate (RC3).

Expect an RC3 in 2-3 weeks, although there will not be major changes so now is a good time to start the final testing of PHP 5.3.0 before it gets released, in order to find possible incompatibilities with your project.

Please download and test this release candidate, and report any issues found. Downloads and further information is available at See also the work in progress 5.3 upgrade guide.

Version number 5.3.0 rc2
Release status beta
Operating systems Windows 2000, Linux, BSD, Windows XP, macOS, Solaris, UNIX, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008
Website PHP
License type Conditions (GNU/BSD/etc.)