Version 8.7 Release Notes

From WHMCS Documentation

Release Information
Version: 8.7.3
Release Type: Maintenance
Latest Update: 20th June 2023
Distribution Types: Full and Via Automatic Updater

For more information on WHMCS 8.7's important changes and exciting features, see New and Improved in WHMCS 8.7.

Version History

8.7.0Beta 121st December 2022
8.7.0Beta 225th January 2023
8.7.0RC24th February 2023
8.7.0GA21st March 2023
8.7.1Maintenance23rd March 2023
8.7.2Maintenance26th April 2023
8.7.3Security20th June 2023


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Upgrade Process

WHMCS 8.0 and above requires PHP 7.2 or later. WHMCS 8.0 introduced support for PHP 7.4, and WHMCS 8.6 introduced support for PHP 8.1.

Make certain that you update to a WHMCS version that supports your desired PHP version or higher before updating PHP.

  • The Automatic Updater only displays updates if you are running a PHP version that is compatible with that WHMCS version.
  • For example, if you are running PHP 7.1 or earlier, you must update to PHP 7.2 or later before updating to WHMCS 8.0 or higher.

Upgrade Instructions

Automatic Updating

If you are running WHMCS 7.0 or later, you can use the built-in Automatic Updater.

Go to Utilities > Update WHMCS to begin the process.

If the update was released recently, you may need to click Check for Updates before the update will be available.

Release Notes

360 Monitoring via WHMCS MarketConnect

360 Monitoring lets your customers monitor websites and servers, track metrics, personalize their dashboards, and export reports. This allows them to optimize performance and detect downtime immediately, with free and paid plans to meet each business's needs.

When you sell 360 Monitoring via WHMCS MarketConnect, setup is easy and customers can view their server and website statuses directly within the Client Area.

You can find out more and enable sales at Configuration () > System Settings > MarketConnect.

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CentralNic Reseller Module

We now ship a CentralNic Reseller domain registrar module. It uses the new CentralNic Reseller platform.

  • After you start using the CentralNic Reseller module, you can select CentralNic Reseller as your lookup provider at Configuration () > System Settings > Domain Pricing.
  • This module replaces the RRPProxy module.

If you have configured RRPProxy in WHMCS, the update process will migrate your configuration and any existing RRP Proxy domains to the new CentralNic Reseller module and remove RRPProxy from your system.

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Instant Issuance for SSL Certificates via MarketConnect

Instant Issuance makes selling and deploying DigiCert SSL certificates even faster and more reliable. SSL protection is instantaneous, with the entire process taking under a minute.

In WHMCS 8.7 and later, MarketConnect uses Instant Issuance by default for eligible newly-purchased SSL certificates.

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NordVPN via WHMCS MarketConnect

In WHMCS 8.7 and later, WHMCS MarketConnect now allows you to offer NordVPN and help your customers secure their personal and business data with a personal VPN.

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Smarty Compatibility

We plan to remove support for SmartyBC, which provides backward compatibility for legacy Smarty tags, in WHMCS 9.0. As a result, WHMCS 6.0 deprecated use of the {php}, {include_php}, and {insert} tags.

To help you make certain that your system is ready for this change, WHMCS 8.7 includes warnings in the Admin Area and at Configuration () > System Health. The new Smarty Compatibility scan can detect legacy Smarty tags on your WHMCS installation and displays the results at Reports > Reports.

Anyone using {php}, {include_php}, and {insert} tags in custom theme and template files must remove them as soon as possible. For more information, see Legacy Smarty Tags in the Deprecation and Removal Notices section below.

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Improved PayPal Checkout Logging

In WHMCS 8.7, we improved handling of missing and orphaned subscriptions in the PayPal Checkout payment gateway module. This includes improved logging in the Activity Log at Configuration > System Logs.

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Deprecation and Removal Notices

Legacy Smarty Tags

WHMCS 9.0 will permanently remove all support for SmartyBC, which provided backward compatibility for {php}, {include_php}, and {insert} tags in custom themes and templates. Removing this support promotes stronger security on your WHMCS installation. It will also allow WHMCS to upgrade to using Smarty 4, which does not include SmartyBC, in the near future.

WHMCS 6.0 deprecated support for these tags, and WHMCS 8.7 deprecates the associated Allow Smarty PHP Tags setting in the Security tab at Configuration () > System Settings > General Settings.

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Removed Modules

We have removed the Payson and RRPProxy modules:

  • Payson ceases support for our module in January 2023. The update to WHMCS 8.7 will remove the files for this module.
  • We no longer support the RRPProxy module. If you previously configured this module, the update process will migrate you to the new CentralNic Reseller module before removing the RRPProxy files.


For a list of changed files and a graphical view of the exact changes, see the GitHub™ repositories below.

Twenty-One Theme

The following link provides a comparison of changes between 8.6.2 and 8.7.3:

Six Theme

The following link provides a comparison of changes between 8.6.2 and 8.7.3:

Standard Cart Order Form

The following link provides a comparison of changes between 8.6.2 and 8.7.3: