OpenBSD Lifecycle: End Of Life And Support Status

Last updated on January 25, 2024

OpenBSD is a Unix-like operating system primarily focused on security. It is open-source and free to use. It can be used across many different platforms, including Intel and ARM processes, as well as Raspberry Pi.

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

OpenBSD 7.4
3 months and 3 weeks ago
(16 October 2023)
Supported
Ends in 8 months and 2 weeks
(1 November 2024)
OpenBSD 7.3
10 months and 2 days ago
(10 April 2023)
Supported
Ends in 2 months and 2 weeks
(1 May 2024)
OpenBSD 7.2
1 year and 3 months ago
(20 October 2022)
Supported
Ended 3 months and 3 weeks ago
(16 October 2023)
OpenBSD 7.1
1 year and 9 months ago
(21 April 2022)
Supported
Ended 10 months and 2 days ago
(10 April 2023)
OpenBSD 7.0
2 years and 3 months ago
(14 October 2021)
Supported
Ended 1 year and 3 months ago
(20 October 2022)
OpenBSD 6.9
2 years and 9 months ago
(1 May 2021)
Supported
Ended 1 year and 9 months ago
(21 April 2022)
OpenBSD 6.8
3 years and 3 months ago
(18 October 2020)
Supported
Ended 2 years and 3 months ago
(14 October 2021)
OpenBSD 6.7
3 years and 8 months ago
(19 May 2020)
Supported
Ended 2 years and 9 months ago
(1 May 2021)
OpenBSD 6.6
4 years and 3 months ago
(17 October 2019)
Supported
Ended 3 years and 3 months ago
(18 October 2020)
OpenBSD 6.5
4 years and 9 months ago
(24 April 2019)
Supported
Ended 3 years and 8 months ago
(19 May 2020)
OpenBSD 6.4
5 years and 3 months ago
(18 October 2018)
Supported
Ended 4 years and 3 months ago
(17 October 2019)
OpenBSD 6.3
5 years and 10 months ago
(2 April 2018)
Supported
Ended 4 years and 9 months ago
(3 May 2019)
OpenBSD 6.2
6 years and 4 months ago
(9 October 2017)
Supported
Ended 5 years and 3 months ago
(18 October 2018)
OpenBSD 6.1
6 years and 10 months ago
(11 April 2017)
Supported
Ended 5 years and 9 months ago
(15 April 2018)
OpenBSD 6.0
7 years and 5 months ago
(1 September 2016)
Supported
Ended 6 years and 4 months ago
(9 October 2017)
OpenBSD 5.9
7 years and 10 months ago
(29 March 2016)
Supported
Ended 6 years and 10 months ago
(11 April 2017)
OpenBSD 5.8
8 years and 3 months ago
(18 October 2015)
Supported
Ended 7 years and 5 months ago
(1 September 2016)
OpenBSD 5.7
8 years and 9 months ago
(1 May 2015)
Supported
Ended 7 years and 8 months ago
(29 May 2016)
OpenBSD 5.6
8 years and 3 months ago
(1 November 2015)
Supported
Ended 8 years and 3 months ago
(18 October 2015)
OpenBSD 5.5
9 years and 9 months ago
(1 May 2014)
Supported
Ended 8 years and 9 months ago
(1 May 2015)
OpenBSD 5.4
10 years and 3 months ago
(1 November 2013)
Supported
Ended 9 years and 3 months ago
(1 November 2014)
OpenBSD 5.3
10 years and 9 months ago
(1 May 2013)
Supported
Ended 9 years and 9 months ago
(1 May 2014)
OpenBSD 5.2
11 years and 3 months ago
(1 November 2012)
Supported
Ended 10 years and 3 months ago
(1 November 2013)
OpenBSD 5.1
11 years and 9 months ago
(1 May 2012)
Supported
Ended 10 years and 9 months ago
(1 May 2013)
OpenBSD 5.0
12 years and 3 months ago
(1 November 2011)
Supported
Ended 11 years and 3 months ago
(1 November 2012)
OpenBSD 4.9
12 years and 9 months ago
(1 May 2011)
Supported
Ended 11 years and 9 months ago
(1 May 2012)
OpenBSD 4.8
13 years and 3 months ago
(1 November 2010)
Supported
Ended 12 years and 3 months ago
(1 November 2011)
OpenBSD 4.7
13 years and 8 months ago
(19 May 2010)
Supported
Ended 12 years and 9 months ago
(1 May 2011)
OpenBSD 4.6
14 years and 3 months ago
(18 October 2009)
Supported
Ended 13 years and 3 months ago
(1 November 2010)
OpenBSD 4.5
14 years and 9 months ago
(1 May 2009)
Supported
Ended 13 years and 8 months ago
(19 May 2010)
OpenBSD 4.4
15 years and 3 months ago
(1 November 2008)
Supported
Ended 14 years and 3 months ago
(18 October 2009)
OpenBSD 4.3
15 years and 9 months ago
(1 May 2008)
Supported
Ended 14 years and 9 months ago
(1 May 2009)
OpenBSD 4.2
16 years and 3 months ago
(1 November 2007)
Supported
Ended 15 years and 3 months ago
(1 November 2008)
OpenBSD 4.1
15 years and 9 months ago
(1 May 2008)
Supported
Ended 15 years and 9 months ago
(1 May 2008)
OpenBSD 4.0
17 years and 3 months ago
(1 November 2006)
Supported
Supported
OpenBSD 3.9
17 years and 9 months ago
(1 May 2006)
Supported
Ended 16 years and 9 months ago
(1 May 2007)
OpenBSD 3.8
18 years and 3 months ago
(1 November 2005)
Supported
Ended 17 years and 3 months ago
(1 November 2006)
OpenBSD 3.7
18 years and 8 months ago
(19 May 2005)
Supported
Ended 17 years and 9 months ago
(1 May 2006)
OpenBSD 3.6
19 years and 3 months ago
(1 November 2004)
Supported
Ended 18 years and 3 months ago
(1 November 2005)
OpenBSD 3.5
19 years and 9 months ago
(1 May 2004)
Supported
Ended 18 years and 8 months ago
(19 May 2005)
OpenBSD 3.4
20 years and 3 months ago
(1 November 2003)
Supported
Ended 19 years and 3 months ago
(1 November 2004)
OpenBSD 3.3
20 years and 9 months ago
(1 May 2003)
Supported
Ended 19 years and 9 months ago
(1 May 2004)
OpenBSD 3.2
21 years and 3 months ago
(1 November 2002)
Supported
Ended 20 years and 3 months ago
(1 November 2003)
OpenBSD 3.1
21 years and 8 months ago
(19 May 2002)
Supported
Ended 20 years and 9 months ago
(1 May 2003)
OpenBSD 3.0
22 years and 2 months ago
(1 December 2001)
Supported
Ended 21 years and 3 months ago
(1 November 2002)
OpenBSD 2.9
22 years and 8 months ago
(1 June 2001)
Supported
Ended 21 years and 8 months ago
(19 May 2002)
OpenBSD 2.8
23 years and 2 months ago
(1 December 2000)
Supported
Ended 22 years and 2 months ago
(1 December 2001)
OpenBSD 2.7
23 years and 7 months ago
(15 June 2000)
Supported
Ended 22 years and 8 months ago
(1 June 2001)
OpenBSD 2.6
24 years and 2 months ago
(1 December 1999)
Supported
Ended 23 years and 2 months ago
(1 December 2000)
OpenBSD 2.5
24 years and 8 months ago
(19 May 1999)
Supported
Ended 23 years and 7 months ago
(15 June 2000)
OpenBSD 2.4
25 years and 2 months ago
(1 December 1998)
Supported
Ended 24 years and 2 months ago
(1 December 1999)
OpenBSD 2.3
25 years and 8 months ago
(19 May 1998)
Supported
Ended 24 years and 8 months ago
(19 May 1999)
OpenBSD 2.2
26 years and 2 months ago
(1 December 1997)
Supported
Ended 25 years and 2 months ago
(1 December 1998)
OpenBSD 2.1
26 years and 8 months ago
(1 June 1997)
Supported
Ended 25 years and 8 months ago
(19 May 1998)

A newer version of OpenBSD is rolled out every 6 months. Two of the latest OpenBSD versions are supported at any given time. When a new version is released, the second-last release loses support.

OpenBSD support includes security and reliability fixes only. This is why OpenBSD is often perceived as the most secure operating system.

OpenBSD is offered in the following 3 flavors:

  • -release: This is the flavor that is updated every 6 months.
  • -current: This is the development branch. Every 6 months, the version from this flavor is tagged and becomes the next release.
  • -stable: This flavor includes a regular release plus the patches found on the errata page. When very important fixes are made to the -current flavor, they are backported to the supported -stable branches.