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Supported compilers to build PHP on Windows
Yes: this version is supported and we provide binaries built with this compiler
No: Not supported
|Product Name||5.2.x||5.3.x||6.x||64bits (***)|
|Visual C++ 6 (SP6 only)||Yes||Yes||Yes (**)||No|
|Visual C++ 7/7.1 (2002, 2003, 2003+sp1)||Yes (**)||Yes (**)||Yes (**)||No|
|Visual C++ 8 (2005)||Yes (**)||Yes (**)||Yes (**)||Yes (**)|
|Visual C++ 9 (2008 SP1 only)||Yes (**)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
(*) May be dropped before the final release
(**) Not officially supported but known to work
(***) Supported for this given compiler according to the current official support (or known to work)
Windows Compiler Versions
Visual C++ 6.0 is part of Visual Studio 6.0
This is the “legacy” compiler for Windows products. PHP will continue to support it through version 5.3 PHP 6.0 is the current EOL for Visual Studio 6.0. To use Visual C++ 6.0 to compile PHP you MUST have service pack 6 installed.
Visual C++ 7.0 and 7.1 is part of Visual Studio 2002/2003
The Visual Studio this came with is also called Visual Studio .NET. This is not an officially supported compiler but is known to work. It is recommended that you use the 2003 version and apply SP1 or issues may occur.
Visual C++ 8.0 part of Visual Studio 2005
This compiler is not an officially supported compiler but is known to work. This is available as an “express” version as well, which is free to download and use. You MUST apply SP1 if you use this product, there are known issues.