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PEP:373
Title:Python 2.7 Release Schedule
Version:029c5ecb74d9
Last-Modified:2014-07-04 14:38:29 -0700 (Fri, 04 Jul 2014)
Author:Benjamin Peterson <benjamin at python.org>
Status:Active
Type:Informational
Content-Type:text/x-rst
Created:3-Nov-2008
Python-Version:2.7

Abstract

This document describes the development and release schedule for Python 2.7. The schedule primarily concerns itself with PEP-sized items. Small features may be added up to and including the first beta release. Bugs may be fixed until the final release.

Update

The End Of Life date (EOL, sunset date) for Python 2.7 has been moved five years into the future, to 2020. This decision was made to clarify the status of Python 2.7 and relieve worries for those users who cannot yet migrate to Python 3. See also PEP 466.

This declaration does not guarantee that bugfix releases will be made on a regular basis, but it should enable volunteers who want to contribute bugfixes for Python 2.7 and it should satisfy vendors who still have to support Python 2 for years to come.

There will be no Python 2.8 (see PEP 404).

Release Manager and Crew

Position Name
2.7 Release Manager Benjamin Peterson
Windows installers Steve Dower
Mac installers Ned Deily

Release Schedule

The current schedule is:

  • 2.7 alpha 1 2009-12-05
  • 2.7 alpha 2 2010-01-09
  • 2.7 alpha 3 2010-02-06
  • 2.7 alpha 4 2010-03-06
  • 2.7 beta 1 2010-04-03
  • 2.7 beta 2 2010-05-08
  • 2.7 rc1 2010-06-05
  • 2.7 rc2 2010-06-19
  • 2.7 final 2010-07-03

Maintenance releases

Being the last of the 2.x series, 2.7 will have an extended period of maintenance. The current plan is to support it for at least 10 years from the initial 2.7 release. This means there will be bugfix releases until 2020.

Planned future release dates:

  • 2.7.9 December 2014
  • 2.7.10 June 2015
  • beyond this date, releases as needed

Dates of previous maintenance releases:

  • 2.7.1 2010-11-27
  • 2.7.2 2011-07-21
  • 2.7.3rc1 2012-02-23
  • 2.7.3rc2 2012-03-15
  • 2.7.3 2012-03-09
  • 2.7.4rc1 2013-03-23
  • 2.7.4 2013-04-06
  • 2.7.5 2013-05-12
  • 2.7.6rc1 2013-10-26
  • 2.7.6 2013-11-10
  • 2.7.7rc1 2014-05-17
  • 2.7.7 2014-05-31
  • 2.7.8 2014-06-30

Possible features for 2.7

Nothing here. [Note that a moratorium on core language changes is in effect.]

References

None yet!