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Q3 When is the next release?

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New stable releases of Drupal core are scheduled to occur within particular release “windows“:

  • A bug fix release window is on the first Wednesday of each month.
  • A security release window is on the third Wednesday of each month.

A release window does not necessarily mean that a release will actually be made on that date, but it exists so that site administrators can know in advance which days they should look out for one.

In the particular case of bug fix releases, a new release will only come out if it’s deemed by the Drupal core maintainers to contain enough important bug fixes to warrant a release. If a release is warranted, a “code freeze“ will be called a few days prior to the release date, and the impending release will be announced via the @drupal Twitter account and Planet Drupal. This is a good time to update to the latest code in the branch for your version of Drupal, and help make sure the code is solid.

Security release windows are handled via a separate process, and the final decision to make or not make a core release during a particular release window is made in private by the Drupal security team and only announced once the security fix is in place and the release is available for download.

Exceptions to the above schedule may be made in case of security vulnerabilities being actively exploited in the wild, severely critical bugs that prevent Drupal from being used, holidays, etc. When appropriate, changes will be announced in advance via Planet Drupal (and also via the Drupal core group).