Polyfill new (5.6+) features into old (5.4+) versions of PHP

v0.5.0 2018-06-05 21:52 UTC

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This library backports some new features into old versions of PHP.

This MIT Licensed project is produced and maintained for the good of the PHP developer community.


This should ONLY be used in the case that you cannot upgrade PHP for specific reasons within your business rules. For best application security you should always run the latest version of PHP where ever possible. This is intended as a stop gap for those that cannot upgrade and can be used while working toward upgrading to the latest version.


As a general rule, we do not provide support for any unsupported versions of PHP. This means 5.4.x as of this writing.

If your operating system supports a 5.3.x version that is EOL'd (e.g. PHP 5.3.10 on Ubuntu 12.04 has security fixes backported), we will make exceptions. The purpose of this library is not to encourage complacency and insecurity. Patch your systems.

We do not support PHP 5.2.x anywhere. Please upgrade to a newer version of PHP.

Features polyfilled by this library

  • PHP 5.4
    • N/A
  • PHP 5.5
    • array_column()
    • boolval()
    • hash_pbkdf2()
    • openssl_pbkdf2()
  • PHP 5.6
    • hash_equals()
  • PHP 7.0
    • N/A

See wishlist.txt for features we will be providing as time goes on. To add to this list, either send a pull request, a tweet, or an email and we'll consider it for inclusion.

Out of scope:


When our consultants submit security enhancements to open source projects, the maintainers sometimes complain that some features are only in newer versions of PHP so they can't require them. We wrote this to provide compatibility across all versions of PHP and prevent these issues from occurring.

In the future, we will attempt to backport some PHP 7 features for use in versions 5.5 and 5.6, where possible.

How it Works

Features that only exist in future versions are exposed in the global namespace. These functions call the appropriate classes/methods from the src folder. This ensures that PHP only load the codes when it actually needs it.

How to use this library


composer require sarciszewski/php-future

Any script

Just include our autoload.php script outside of our src directory and you're good to go. For example:

require_once "vendor/sarciszewski/php-future/autoload.php";