Release & Update Policy
phpBB releases are time-based meaning we plan to release a new minor (x.y) or major (x) update once every year around November/December. In between minor releases we release maintenance releases (x.y.z) which include bug and, when required, security fixes. On occasion we also release patch level releases (x.y.z-PLn) which fix important issues introduced in a maintenance release.
End of Maintenance
End of Maintenance (EOM) occurs to a branch 18 months after its first stable (3.x.0) release. When this occurs we:
- Recommend you upgrade to the latest stable branch of phpBB.
- Only patch security issues in new maintenance releases.
- No longer accept new contributions (styles/extensions/etc) for this branch in the customisation database, updates to existing contributions are still accepted.
End of Life
End of Life (EOL) occurs to a branch 24 months after its first stable (3.x.0) release. When this occurs we:
- Strongly recommend you upgrade your version of phpBB to the latest stable release.
- No longer patch security issues.
- No longer make any releases of this branch.
- No longer accept new or updated contributions (styles/extensions/etc) for this branch in the customisation database.
- Begin actively purging documentation for this branch of phpBB.
- Continue to provide support past EOL, with at least six months notice prior to dropping support.
Planned Release Timetable
|Version||Release||End of Maintenance||End of Life|
|3.3.xDEV||December 2017||June 2019||December 2019|
|3.2.xOK||January 2017||June 2018||December 2018|
|3.1.xOK||November 2014||June 2017||December 2017|
|3.0.xEOL||December 2007||May 2015||November 2015|
If you want to contribute a bug fix and it affects all maintained branches it will go into the next maintenance release of the lowest supported branch. Therefore it will likely go into the next 3.1.x release. (
If you want to contribute a new feature it will go into the master development branch ( ).