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PHP Turns 25: A Short History of PHP and 50% PhpStorm Discount

Rasmus Lerdorf introduced PHP to the world exactly 25 years ago today. The JetBrains team would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support for PHP over the years, and invite you to celebrate this anniversary together.

The much-anticipated release of PHP 8 is scheduled for this year. While we’re waiting, let’s enjoy a few moments of nostalgia and take a look at how far the community has come in the last 25 years with the timeline of the most important events in the history of PHP.


Over the years the community has developed a friendly network of people around the world and has created a fantastic and diverse ecosystem of tools, resources, and events. It continues to evolve by absorbing best practices from other ecosystems and adapting to new challenges.

All the timeline data is publicly available on GitHub, so feel free to use it for your own purposes. If you spot any mistakes, please create a pull request with a fix.
I’d like to say a big thanks to everyone who helped to make the timeline.

Recently we had an anniversary of our own – PhpStorm 1.0 was released on May 27, 2010. That’s right, PhpStorm is 10 years old!

To celebrate both these birthdays, we are offering a 50% discount on personal PhpStorm subscriptions for the next 50 hours, until June 10, 2020, 14:00 UTC. The discount works both for new purchases and for renewals.

Update: The offer is now over.

PHP25 Offer FAQ

What plans are eligible for the discount?
Only personal annual plans are eligible. If you are currently on a monthly plan, you can switch to an annual subscription to take advantage of the offer.

My subscription is still active. Can I take advantage of the offer?
If your current subscription ends in less than 12 months, you can use this special offer and add another year to your subscription at 50% off the original 1st year price. So, you win even if it’s your 3rd year!

Will the discount still be applied if I renew my expired subscription?
Yes, the discount will also be applied automatically for renewals of expired subscriptions. If your subscription expired within the last 6 months, your license will be renewed from its expiration date in order to maintain the continuity discount.

Will the discount automatically extend to next year’s subscription?
No, next year’s price will be calculated based on the standard continuity discount rules.

How much will I pay next year for the subscription I buy or renew now?
The standard pricing will be effective for your next subscription renewal.

Can I use my continuity discount with this 50% off?
The maximum discount for renewals is 50%. For example, if you are a 3rd-year user, then you can save 10% as you already got 40%. The subscription will count towards your continuity discount for the next year.

Is a perpetual fallback license included with this purchase?
Yes of course! Read more about perpetual fallback license.

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Happy birthday, PHP!
Here’s to the next 25 years!

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