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Sector release schedule overview

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As part of our Sector 9 roadmap, the Sector team is committing to a release schedule based on the Drupal core release cycle.

Graphic Sector release cycle

The dates in this post are based on the Drupal core release cycle and assume that the dates for Drupal 8 are stable and that there will be no unscheduled Drupal core releases other than security releases. The release dates for Drupal 8.9 and 9.0 are not yet confirmed. If the 9.0 release is scheduled for later than November 2021, Drupal might release an 8.10 core release if required. 

To keep your site secure, please follow the Drupal security advisories.

Next to scheduled releases, Drupal publishes regular security advisories for Drupal core and contributed modules. You need to ensure you follow Drupal security advisories and update your site if and when required! Need help maintaining your Drupal sites? Contact us

Labels and numbers

Drupal releases are grouped into major, minor, and patch releases. Major releases are full point releases (Drupal 8.0 or 9.0), minor releases are secondary point releases (8.8.0 or 8.9.0), patched releases are 8.8.1 or 8.8.2.

Minor Drupal releases are currently scheduled every 6 months, are patched for 6 months (under active development), and covered for another 6 months with security releases - so the full support for a Drupal minor release - a secondary point release - is 1 year

Sector release targets 

Sector is not just Drupal core - the Starter Kit includes contributed modules provided by the Drupal community. For each Drupal core release, we need to ensure that the contributed modules we use for Sector and our own Sector modules work together with the new Drupal version. 

We aim to have a Sector Starter Kit release ready 20 working days after the minor Drupal core release date. This will depend highly on the status of the contributed modules included in the Starter Kit. So our Sector support cycle for each minor Drupal update is about 11 months. 

For updates to contributed modules and security releases, please see our Sector maintenance policy

Versioning for Sector

From 2020, Sector will follow the common approach for Drupal distributions and modules

Core Compatibility-Major.PatchLevel[-Extra]

  • The first point in the Sector versioning will be taken up by the 8.x- prefix for the Core Compatibility. 
  • The module Major revision number of the Sector version will be updated with minor Drupal releases - Sector 8.x.-4.n will include the current version of the Drupal 8.8 branch. 
  • PatchLevel is for a specific release of a given Sector version with patches, bug fixes, and security updates. The third point will include three digits, e.g 8.x.-4.102 
  • [-Extra] will use post fixes to indicate if a release is stable (no postfix), a dev release (-dev postfix), or in alpha, beta or rcs.

Read more in Understanding Drupal version numbers.  

With Drupal 9, distributions and modules might drop the Core Compatibility - we will review this once a consensus has been reached! 

Matching Sector releases to Drupal core versions

Table matching Sector releases to Drupal core versions 
  Sector Starter Kit Starter Kit Dev branches
Drupal 8.7.n 8.x-3.n 8.x-3.x-dev (GIT 8.x-3.x)
Drupal 8.8.n 8.x-4.n 8.x-3.x-dev (GIT 8.x-4.x)
Drupal 8.9.n 8.x-5.n 8.x-3.x-dev (GIT 8.x-5.x)
Drupal 9.0.n 9.x-1.n 9.x-1.x-dev (GIT 9.x-1.x)
Drupal 9.1.n 9.x-2.n 9.x-2.x-dev (GIT 9.x-2.x)

Please note: The table uses n instead of x because x often stands for a DEV branch.

Key Dates 

The official End of Life (EOL) for Drupal 7 and Drupal 8 is November 2021.

For past releases please see the Drupal.org release cycle 

Drupal 8

Table view for Sector and Drupal 8 
  Drupal 8      Sector 8     
  Release Security  End of support  Release Security End of support
8.7. (-) Dec 4, 2020 Jun 3, 2020 (-) Dec 4, 2020 Jun 3, 2020
8.8. Dec 4, 2020 Jun 3, 2020 Dec 2, 2020 Feb 27, 2020 (tbc) Jun 3, 2020 Dec 2, 2020
8.9 Jun 3, 2020 (tbc) (tbc) (tbc) (tbc) (tbc) (tbc)

The final minor release in the 8.x series - either 8.9 or 8.10 - will be a long-term support (LTS) release and will be released at the same time as Drupal 9.0.0. It will be fully supported with bug and security fixes for a full year.

(-) milestone in the past. 

Drupal 9

The Drupal community is preparing for the point update to Drupal 9. Currently, the date for the 9.0. release is set between June 3, 2020 and December 2, 2020. For detailed scenarios, please see the Drupal.org release cycle 

The good news is it will be much easier to update from Drupal 8 to 9 and we are already working on our Sector 9 Roadmap

Table view for Sector and Drupal 9 
  Drupal 9     Sector 9     
  Release Security  End of support  Release Security End of support
9.0. June 3, 2020 (tbc) (tbc) (tbc) (tbc) (tbc) (tbc)
9.1. (tbc) (tbc) (tbc) (tbc) (tbc) (tbc)
9.2 (tbc) (tbc) (tbc) (tbc) (tbc) (tbc)

Drupal 7

The official End of Life (EoL) for Drupal 7 is November 2021. 

From February 2020, Sector D7 is no longer supported. However, we aim to update Sector D7 with critical core security updates and critical contribution module security updates quarterly. To keep your site secure, please follow the Drupal security advisories  or consider updating to Drupal 8.

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