Testing the current PHP version

Published on 2021-11-19 • Modified on 2021-11-19

In this snippet, we see how to test the current PHP version. The most straightforward way is to use the PHP_VERSION_ID constant. It's accessible to understand: The first digit is for the major version 8. The following two numbers are for the minor version, and the last ones are for the release version. 80100 means 8.1, 80012 means 8.0.12 and so on. For example, in the following unit test, I check if I use a version below PHP 8.1. If it is the case, I run specific tests which would fail with PHP 8.1 as private properties are now accessible through reflection. I have to do this because my CI runs the project on both PHP 8.0 and 8.1 to ensure my project is ready for this next minor version.



namespace App\Tests\Controller\Snippets;

use Symfony\Bundle\FrameworkBundle\Test\KernelTestCase;
use Symfony\Component\HttpFoundation\Request;

 * @covers Snippet74Trait
final class Snippet61Test extends KernelTestCase
     * @covers Snippet61Trait::snippet61
    public function testSnippet61(): void
        $request = Request::create('/en/snippets/modifying-a-private-class-property-at-runtime');
        $property = (new \ReflectionClass($request))->getProperty('isHostValid');

        // As of PHP 8.1, private properties are accessible with reflection!
        // @see https://phpbackend.com/blog/post/php-8-1-accessing-private-protected-properties-methods-via-reflection-api-is-now-allowed-without-calling-setAccessible
        if (PHP_VERSION_ID < 80100) {
            try {
                self::fail('A ReflectionException should be raised!');
            } /* @noinspection PhpRedundantCatchClauseInspection */
            catch (\ReflectionException) {

        $property->setValue($request, false);

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