Joomla Lifecycle: End Of Life And Support Status

Last updated on January 19, 2024

Joomla, usually written as “Joomla!” is a Content Management System (CMS), similar to WordPress. It is used to build websites and online applications.

Lately, Joomla has been replaced by WordPress and other popular CMS like Magento and Django CMS.

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

Active Support

Security Support

Joomla 5
3 months and 4 weeks ago
(14 October 2023)
Supported
Ends in 3 years and 8 months
(19 October 2027)
Joomla 4
2 years and 5 months ago
(17 August 2021)
Ends in 8 months and 4 days
(17 October 2024)
Ends in 1 year and 8 months
(17 October 2025)
Joomla 3
11 years and 4 months ago
(23 September 2012)
Ended 2 years and 5 months ago
(17 August 2021)
Ended 6 months and 5 days ago
(7 August 2023)

Joomla releases unannounced updates and follows semantic versioning, which includes a major release, a minor release, and patch releases. Thus, its versioning is also done as “Major.Minor.Patch”.

Each major release receives at least 4 years of total support – which is inclusive of active and security support phases. Moreover, every major version receives at least 2 years of active support, but the actual duration of active and security support can vary.

To learn more about Joomla! versioning, refer to Joomla! Documentation.