WordPress 5.9 changes for PHP 8 and 8.1 compatibility

WordPress 5.9 has made some changes for compatibility with PHP 8 and 8.1

WordPress 5.9 PHP changes

Although WordPress 5.9 is not fully compatible with PHP 8.0 and 8.1, below are a few changes that theme and plugin developers need to know.

  • PHP 8 polyfills below are now available in WordPress 5.9






  • readonly() function has been renamed to wp_readonly() in WordPress 5.9
  • Deprecated functions: date_sunrise(), date_sunset(), gmstrftime(), strftime(), strptime()
  • Deprecated hash functions: Hash functions:  mhash(), mhash_keygen_s2k(), mhash_count(), mhash_get_block_size(), and mhash_get_hash_name() .
  • Calling the following on objects is deprecated: key(), current(), next(), prev(), reset(), or end()
  • External libraries included in WordPress 5.9 for PHP 8 and 8.1 support include;

GetID3  1.9.21

SimplePie 1.5.7

PHPMailer 6.5.1

More detailed information is available on this page: WordPress 5.9 changes PHP changes

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