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PHP agent compatibility and requirements

Before you install New Relic for PHP, make sure your system meets the applicable requirements.

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PHP releases

New Relic supports PHP versions 5.5, 5.6, 7.0, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4, and 8.0.


Compatibility note: When PHP 8.0 detects the New Relic agent, it disables Just-In-Time compilation.

  • We recommend using a supported release of PHP, especially 7.3, 7.4, and 8.0.
  • PHP 5.1 support was deprecated in release 4.0 of the agent, and removed in release 4.5.
  • PHP 5.2 support was deprecated in release 6.8 of the agent, and removed in release 7.0.
  • PHP 5.3 and PHP 5.4 support was deprecated in release 9.15 of the agent, and removed in release 9.17.


License key

For any installation, you will need your New Relic license key. This is a 40-character hexadecimal string that New Relic provides when you sign up for your account. For more information, see the PHP install script and license key settings in the PHP INI file.

Processor type

  • Intel (and compatible) platforms only
  • Support for SSE2 instructions is required

Operating systems


The Windows operating system is not supported.

Operating system

Supported by New Relic's PHP agent

Linux (x86 and x86_64)

  • AWS Linux 2

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5 or higher

  • CentOS 6 or higher


    As of January 2021, we will discontinue support for CentOS 5. For more information, see our PHP agent release notes v9.15.0 and our Explorers Hub post.

  • Debian 7.0 ("wheezy") or higher

  • Ubuntu LTS 14.04 ("Trusty Tahr") or higher or Ubuntu non-LTS 19.04 ("Disco Dingo") or higher.

  • Any other Linux distribution with:

    • Kernel version 2.6.13 or higher (2.6.26 or higher highly recommended)
    • glibc 2.5 or higher with NPTL support; or musl libc version 1.1 or higher

Linux (ARM64)

  • AWS Linux 2 (including AWS Graviton 2)

  • CentOS 8


    ARM64 is only supported with PHP 8.0 and with New Relic PHP Agent 9.18.1 or later.

    For more information on Arm64 support, please see the ARM64 installation info.

macOS (x86_64 only)


As of January 2021, we will discontinue support for macOS. For more information, see our PHP agent release notes v9.15.0 and our Explorers Hub post.

macOS 10.6 or higher. Because modern versions of macOS can't run 32-bit applications, New Relic removed support for 32-bit macOS with PHP agent release 4.6.

FreeBSD (x64)

The latest agent supports the latest Production Release.

SmartOS and Solaris (x64) (DEPRECATED)

  • Last supported PHP Agent for Solaris and SmartOS is 8.1
  • SmartOS: All versions
  • OpenSolaris 10: snv_134b or higher
  • Must use i86pc architecture. SPARC architectures are not supported.

Web servers

  • Apache 2.2 or 2.4 via mod_php
  • Any web server that supports FastCGI using PHP-FPM


Supported PHP frameworks include:


CakePHP 2.x

Magento 1.x and 2.x, CE and EE

CodeIgniter 2.x


Drupal 6.x, 7.x, 8.x, and 9.x

Joomla 3.x

Slim 2.x, 3.x, and 4.x

Kohana 3.2 and 3.3

Symfony 3.x, 4.x, 5.x

Laminas 3.x


Laravel 4.x, 5.x, 6.x, and 7.x

Yii 1.x

Laravel Lumen 6.x, 7.x, and 8.x

Zend Framework 1.x, 2.x, and 3.x


Joomla 3.x is not supported on PHP 8.


As of PHP agent version 9.17, the following frameworks or framework versions are no longer supported and may be removed from future agent builds:

  • Cake PHP 1.x
  • Joomla 1.5, 1.6, and 2.x
  • Kohana
  • Silex 1.x and 2.x
  • Symfony 1.x and 2.x

The PHP agent's list of frameworks continues to grow. Even if the framework you are using is not listed here, the PHP agent may be able to provide you with useful information about your app.

For more information, see PHP frameworks: Integrating support for New Relic. If you want to suggest support for other popular PHP frameworks, visit us at the Explorers Hub and create a Feature Idea!

Databases and libraries

Supported databases and libraries:

Databases and Libraries











Microsoft SQL Server






Other APM software

If your application uses other application performance monitoring (APM) software besides our agent, we cannot guarantee that our agent will work correctly and we cannot offer technical support. For more information, see Errors when using other monitoring software.

Instance details

New Relic collects instance details for a variety of databases and database drivers. The ability to view specific instances and the types of database information in APM depends on your New Relic agent version.

New Relic's PHP agent version 6.8 or higher supports instance details for the following:

To disable collection of host information, use either of these options:

  • Set newrelic.datastore_tracer.instance_reporting.enabled to false in the newrelic.ini.
  • Omit the database name with newrelic.datastore_tracer.database_name_reporting.enabled = false.

To request instance-level information from datastores currently not listed for your New Relic agent, get support at support.newrelic.com.

Message queuing

Security requirements

As a standard security measure for data collection, your app server must support SHA-2 (256-bit). SHA-1 is not supported.

Connect the agent to other New Relic features

The PHP agent integrates with other New Relic features to give you end-to-end visibility:



Browser monitoring

The PHP agent automatically injects the browser agent's JS code when you enable auto-instrumentation. After enabling browser injection, you can view data in the APM Summary page and quickly switch between the APM and browser data for a particular app. For configuration options and manual instrumentation, see Browser monitoring and the PHP agent.

Infrastructure monitoring

When you install the infrastructure and APM agents on the same host, they automatically detect one another. You can then view a list of hosts in the APM UI, and filter your Infrastructure hosts by APM app in the Infrastructure UI. For more information, see APM data in infrastructure monitoring.

New Relic Dashboards

The PHP agent sends default events and attributes for NRQL queries. You can also record custom events for advanced analysis.

Synthetic monitoring

Synthetic transaction traces connect requests from synthetic monitors to the underlying APM transaction.

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