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Status Delivered
Workspace Instana
Categories PHP Tracing
Created by Guest
Created on Apr 22, 2022

#EMEA #SPGI Add support for PHP 8.1

Durign a PoC with a public transport agency in Spain we have discovered that Instana does not support PHP 8.1, most of their develepment is based on PHP frameworks so not having this tracing capability for this version of PHP does not allow them to create APs, an get all the benefits of Instana

Idea priority High
  • Guest
    Dec 15, 2022

    Hi Everyone,

    Support for
    PHP 8.1 (PHP sensor 1.1.75 with PHP Instana extension 1.17.0) is now GA.

    For Dynamic agents it would be available with tonight's download.
    There is no need to configure anything in particular for this, with one exception: If a customer has used the beta release for PHP 8.1 support (extension version 1.17.0RC2) previously, they need to remove the setting com.instana.plugin.php.tracing.pinExtensionVersion from their agents’ configuration.yaml file.
    The GA version will also be compatible with the supported lower PHP versions, removing the restriction in the Beta.
    For static agents, it will be available with their next release.
    Thank you All for your support and patience.

    Thank you v much,

    IBM Instana Engineering

  • Guest
    Nov 17, 2022

    Hi Folks,

    Thanks a lot for your patience and apologies for the delay.

    We have a release candidate with tracing support for PHP 8.1 available now.

    To use this release candidate, add the following configuration in the Instana host agent’s configuration file (<instana-agent-dir>/etc/instana/configuration.yaml):



    pinExtensionVersion: 1.17.0RC2

    In case the configuration file already has settings for “com.instana.plugin.php”, append the “pinExtensionVersion: 1.17.0RC2" line to the “tracing” section. (See for details on the agent configuration and for more details on configuring PHP monitoring.)

    Please note that the release candidate has the following limitations:

    * At this time, the release candidate supports PHP 8.1 only. It is not available for PHP 8.0 or lower. Please do not apply this configuration on hosts which run a mix of PHP 8.1 and earlier PHP versions.

    * The release candidate is only available via dynamic Instana host agents, not for static agents (see

    * The release candidate requires version 1.1.72 of the agent plug-in “Instana - PHP - Discovery PHP”. This has been rolled out yesterday, so your dynamic agents have already downloaded it automatically.

    We recommend to test the release candidate in a non-production environment before deploying it to your production system.

    In the meantime we will test backward compatibility to have a final release that can be used across all PHP versions, which we plan to release next month.

    If you have any questions or feedback, please let us know.

  • Guest
    Nov 15, 2022

    Thanks for reaching out. We plan to release our support for PHP 8.1 by the end of November.

  • Guest
    Nov 9, 2022

    is there any updates about supporting php8.1 ?

  • Guest
    Aug 19, 2022

    How can we get a roadmap info on when this wil become supported?

  • Guest
    Aug 19, 2022

    This is becoming a MUST. I have some renewals at risk due Instana not supporting php 8.1 .

  • Guest
    May 11, 2022

    This is in active development.

  • Guest
    Apr 27, 2022
    Classification: Blocker to Sell

    Business Case: Product Quality

    Instana needs to support latest versions of the technologies otherwise we stay behind the competition

    The agent logs show the following message:
    2022-04-21T15:40:53.978+0000 | WARN | heduler-thread-4 | Php | 195 - com.instana.sensor-php - 1.1.69 | Error enabling PHP Tracer extension: No suitable PHP Tracing Extension found for PHP 8.1.5, arch x64, Non-ZTS

    Client: EMT

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