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Laravel 7 has reached end of life

Laravel 7 is officially the end of life as of March 3rd, 2021, and it will not receive any more security fixes. Users of Laravel 7 are encouraged to upgrade to Laravel 8. Here’s what the Laravel support policy is shaping up to look like with Laravel 9 on the horizon as the next long-term support (LTS) version:

Version Release Bug Fixes Until Security Fixes Until
6 (LTS) September 3rd, 2019 September 7th, 2021 September 6th, 2022
7 March 3rd, 2020 October 6th, 2020 March 3rd, 2021
8 September 8th, 2020 March 1st, 2022 September 6th, 2022
9 (LTS) September, 2021 September, 2023 September, 2024
10 September, 2022 March, 2024 September, 2024

Laravel 7 introduced some awesome new features into the Laravel ecosystem that set the stage for further enhancements in more recent versions:

  • Laravel Sanctum
  • First-party HTTP Client
  • Laravel Airlock
  • Custom Eloquent Casts
  • Blade Component Tags & Improvements
  • Route Caching Speed Improvements

If you are unfamiliar with how Laravel releases work, our How the Laravel Release Process Works article should bring you up-to-speed. Laravel also moved to a yearly major release cycle (for example, Laravel 9 to Laravel 10), which means major versions happen annually instead of every six months. Laravel 9 is scheduled to release in September 2021, followed by Laravel 10 in September 2022.

Also, don’t forget about Laravel Shift if you want an easy way of updating.

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