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When will PHP die?

PHP is a general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited to web development. PHP was first released in 1995.

According to

PHP is used by 78.8% of all the websites whose server-side programming language we know.

While estimates that PHP is used by 71% of the top 1 million sites.

Some popular websites using PHP:

Despite this enormous popularity PHP is also one of the most hated programming languages. for example is overflowing with questions like:

This question will resolve when Metaculus users will provide two independent and somewhat reliable sources (on the level of or that will show that PHP is used by less than 5% of websites on the internet. The sources must indicate popularity of PHP among at least 500 000 most popular websites. The rest of the methodology is intentionally left to be vague due to potentially long time horizons. While the sources should not be obviously wrong, minor reliability and methodology issues should be ignored and the question should resolve. The intention is that the stark difference between the current domination of PHP and the 5% required for this question should be sufficient to unambiguously indicate that PHP is dead, or taking it's last breath.

General language popularity e.g. TIOBE index is not relevant for this question.


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