Debian Lifecycle: End Of Life And Support Status

Last updated on January 8, 2024

Debian is another Linux distribution that is free to use and maintained by volunteers. It is released as major versions only where each has a codename as well.

Debian is one of the most popular Linux-based operating systems as it supports many different architectures and comes with popular software.

 

Support status guide

End of life (EOL) is the end of a product’s useful life. When a product reaches the end of its life cycle, the manufacturer no longer supports it. The following table explains the different phases of a product’s lifecycle. Testing status is when the product is initially released and EOL is when product support is no longer offered. The time between these two points is the support timeframe.

Testing

The software is not yet publicly available. It is in testing phase i.e., alpha, beta, release preview etc.

Active

The software is actively supported by the vendor.

Phasing Out

The software will soon reach its end of life. You need to look for upgrade or migration options. The software will automatically go into phasing out status 2 months before end of life.

End Of Life

The software is no longer supported by the vendor. You need to make sure your system and environment are safe.

Version

Released

Security Support

Extended Support

Debian 12 (Bookworm)
8 months and 2 weeks ago
(10 June 2023)
Ends in 2 years and 3 months
(10 June 2026)
Ends in 4 years and 3 months
(10 June 2028)
Debian 11 (Bullseye)
2 years and 6 months ago
(14 August 2021)
Ends in 4 months and 2 days
(1 July 2024)
Ends in 2 years and 4 months
(30 June 2026)
Debian 10 (Buster)
4 years and 7 months ago
(6 July 2019)
Ended 1 year and 5 months ago
(10 September 2022)
Ends in 4 months and 1 day
(30 June 2024)
Debian 9 (Stretch)
6 years and 8 months ago
(17 June 2017)
Ended 3 years and 7 months ago
(18 July 2020)
Ended 1 year and 7 months ago
(1 July 2022)
Debian 8 (Jessie)
8 years and 10 months ago
(25 April 2015)
Ended 5 years and 8 months ago
(17 June 2018)
Ended 3 years and 7 months ago
(30 June 2020)
Debian 7 (Wheezy)
10 years and 9 months ago
(4 May 2013)
Ended 7 years and 10 months ago
(25 April 2016)
Ended 5 years and 8 months ago
(31 May 2018)
Debian 6 (Squeeze)
13 years and 3 weeks ago
(6 February 2011)
Ended 9 years and 8 months ago
(31 May 2014)
Ended 7 years and 11 months ago
(29 February 2016)

A newer version of Debian is released every 2 years and is then supported by a security team for 3 years. This means that users still have one whole year to upgrade to the latest version of Debian while the older version is still fully supported.

An LTS version of Debian releases is also offered which is supported for a total of 5 years, instead of the traditional 3. However, it is not maintained by the same security team. Instead, the LTS version is handled by a group of volunteers and companies.

Another version offered of the Debian operating system is the Extended LTS version. It is not an official project of the Debian community but offers support for a total of 10 years, which has been labeled as “Extended Support” in the table above.