Local Windows 7/8/8.1 Support Ending

Hi all,

We wanted to communicate another upcoming breaking change to Local regarding support for Windows 7, 8, and 8.1.

In short: Local will no longer support Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 with the release of Local v8.0. We’re targeting this release for the end of July 2023. Users on these operating systems can continue to use previous versions of Local compatible with their machine.

More detail:
Under the hood, Local is an Electron app; to ensure we’re staying up-to-date with the latest improvements and security fixes, we’ll be updating Local to Electron v25 in July. In line with Microsoft’s and Chromium’s end-of-support policy, this version of Electron no longer supports Windows 7/8/8.1. Newer versions of Local will no longer launch on these older operating systems.

This change will affect a very small number of our Local users, but we want to be transparent about what is coming next. Prior to this change, the Local team will be releasing support for PHP 8.2 so that users on these operating systems will have access to the latest PHP before losing the ability to use newer versions of Local.

We’ll use this thread to communicate updates on the release of Local v8.0. As part of this upgrade, we will also be formalizing our support policy for operating systems across Mac, Windows, and Linux. We will also be sharing this and making it part of our minimum requirements document.

If you have any questions, feel free to respond here and the Local team will post any updates we have as they’re ready.


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