Installing PHP 8.3

Use Brew on macOS to install PHP 8.3 the latest release candidate for the next version of PHP.

Installing PHP 8.3
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PHP 8.3, the latest version of PHP, is scheduled to be released on November 23, 2023. However, if you can't wait to try out the new features, syntax changes, and improvements, you can install it on your local environment. In this quick blog post, we'll walk you through the steps to install PHP 8.3 on your Mac using Brew, a popular package manager for macOS.

Step 1: Update Brew:
Before we begin, make sure Brew is installed and up-to-date on your system. Open the Terminal and run the following command to update Brew:

brew update

Step 2: Add PHP 8.3 Repository:
To install PHP 8.3, we need to add the repository of formulae that contains it. Run the following command to tap into the repository:

brew tap shivammathur/php

Step 3: Install PHP 8.3:
With the repository added, we can now install PHP 8.3. Run the following command to install PHP 8.3 along with its dependencies:

brew install php@8.3

Step 4: Link PHP 8.3:
After the installation is complete, we need to link PHP 8.3 and make it the default version on our system. Run the following command:

brew link --overwrite --force php@8.3

Step 5: Verify PHP Version:
To ensure that PHP 8.3 is successfully installed and set as the default version, run the following command in the Terminal:

php -v

You should see the PHP version information displayed, confirming that you are now using PHP 8.3.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed PHP 8.3 on your Mac using Brew. You can now explore and experiment with the new features and improvements introduced in this version. Remember, PHP 8.3 is still in development, so it's not recommended for production use. If you encounter any issues, make sure to report them to the PHP development team through the bug reporting system. Happy coding!