PostgreSQL Lifecycle: End Of Life And Support Status

Last updated on November 10, 2023

Like the SQL Server, the PostgreSQL is also a database management system. The key difference between the two is PostgreSQL is an open-source system, whereas SQL Server is owned by Microsoft.

PostgreSQL is a stable, object-relational database management system that has been around for more than 35 years. It is ideal for read-write operations, large datasets, and complex queries.

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

PostgreSQL 17
In 3 months and 3 weeks
(9 September 2024)
Ends in 5 years and 5 months
(15 November 2029)
PostgreSQL 16
8 months and 5 days ago
(11 September 2023)
Ends in 4 years and 5 months
(9 November 2028)
PostgreSQL 15
1 year and 7 months ago
(10 October 2022)
Ends in 3 years and 5 months
(11 November 2027)
PostgreSQL 14
2 years and 7 months ago
(27 September 2021)
Ends in 2 years and 4 months
(30 September 2026)
PostgreSQL 13
3 years and 7 months ago
(21 September 2020)
Ends in 1 year and 5 months
(13 November 2025)
PostgreSQL 12
4 years and 7 months ago
(19 September 2019)
Ends in 5 months and 4 weeks
(14 November 2024)
PostgreSQL 11
5 years and 7 months ago
(15 October 2018)
Ended 6 months and 1 week ago
(9 November 2023)
PostgreSQL 10
6 years and 7 months ago
(2 October 2017)
Ended 1 year and 6 months ago
(10 November 2022)
PostgreSQL 9.6
7 years and 7 months ago
(26 September 2016)
Ended 2 years and 6 months ago
(11 November 2021)
PostgreSQL 9.5
8 years and 4 months ago
(4 January 2016)
Ended 3 years and 3 months ago
(11 February 2021)
PostgreSQL 9.4
9 years and 5 months ago
(15 December 2014)
Ended 4 years and 3 months ago
(13 February 2020)
PostgreSQL 9.3
10 years and 8 months ago
(2 September 2013)
Ended 5 years and 6 months ago
(8 November 2018)
PostgreSQL 9.2
11 years and 8 months ago
(6 September 2012)
Ended 6 years and 6 months ago
(9 November 2017)
PostgreSQL 9.1
12 years and 8 months ago
(8 September 2011)
Ended 7 years and 6 months ago
(27 October 2016)
PostgreSQL 9.0
13 years and 7 months ago
(17 September 2010)
Ended 8 years and 7 months ago
(8 October 2015)
PostgreSQL 8.4
14 years and 10 months ago
(27 June 2009)
Ended 9 years and 9 months ago
(24 July 2014)
PostgreSQL 8.3
16 years and 3 months ago
(1 February 2008)
Ended 11 years and 3 months ago
(7 February 2013)
PostgreSQL 8.2
17 years and 5 months ago
(2 December 2006)
Ended 12 years and 5 months ago
(5 December 2011)
PostgreSQL 8.1
18 years and 6 months ago
(5 November 2005)
Ended 13 years and 6 months ago
(8 November 2010)
PostgreSQL 8.0
19 years and 3 months ago
(17 January 2005)
Ended 13 years and 7 months ago
(1 October 2010)

PostgreSQL receives active support for 5 years after its release. During this time, it will receive bug fixes and security updates. When the 5 years are up, the version will receive one last minor update to address any outstanding issues, and will then be considered as unsupported.

Moreover, every supported version will receive a security patch via a minor update at least once every 3 months. Moreover, if the community feels that there is a critical bug that needs fixes, a minor release will be published outside of the scheduled release.

To learn more about the versioning and support of the PostgreSQL software, refer to its official website.