Ubuntu Lifecycle: End Of Life And Support Status

Last updated on November 10, 2023

Ubuntu is one of the many distributions of Linux. Ubuntu is an open-source operating system based on the Debian Linux-based OS. When compared to other Linux distributions, Ubuntu is designed for both professionals and novices.

The different Ubuntu versions are available in different editions, which are Desktop, Server, and Core, where the latter is designed for IoT devices and machines.

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

Extended Support

23.10 (Mantic Minotaur)
7 months and 5 days ago
(12 October 2023)
Ends in 1 month and 1 week
(1 July 2024)
Ends in 1 month and 1 week
(1 July 2024)
Not Supported
23.04 (Lunar Lobster)
1 year and 3 weeks ago
(20 April 2023)
Ended 3 months and 4 weeks ago
(20 January 2024)
Ended 3 months and 4 weeks ago
(20 January 2024)
Not Supported
22.10 (Kinetic Kudu)
1 year and 6 months ago
(20 October 2022)
Ended 9 months and 4 weeks ago
(20 July 2023)
Ended 9 months and 4 weeks ago
(20 July 2023)
Not Supported
22.04 (Jammy Jellyfish)
2 years and 3 weeks ago
(21 April 2022)
Ends in 4 months and 1 week
(30 September 2024)
Ends in 2 years and 10 months
(1 April 2027)
Ends in 7 years and 10 months
(9 April 2032)
21.10 (Impish Indri)
2 years and 7 months ago
(14 October 2021)
Ended 1 year and 10 months ago
(14 July 2022)
Ended 1 year and 10 months ago
(14 July 2022)
Not Supported
21.04 (Hirsute Hippo)
3 years and 3 weeks ago
(22 April 2021)
Ended 2 years and 3 months ago
(20 January 2022)
Ended 2 years and 3 months ago
(20 January 2022)
Not Supported
20.10 (Groovy Gorilla)
3 years and 6 months ago
(22 October 2020)
Ended 2 years and 9 months ago
(22 July 2021)
Ended 2 years and 9 months ago
(22 July 2021)
Not Supported
20.04 (Focal Fossa - LTS)
4 years and 3 weeks ago
(23 April 2020)
Ended 1 year and 7 months ago
(1 October 2022)
Ends in 10 months and 2 weeks
(2 April 2025)
Ends in 5 years and 10 months
(2 April 2030)
19.10 (Eoan Ermine)
4 years and 7 months ago
(17 October 2019)
Ended 3 years and 10 months ago
(6 July 2020)
Ended 3 years and 10 months ago
(6 July 2020)
Not Supported
19.04 (Disco Dingo)
5 years and 4 weeks ago
(18 April 2019)
Ended 4 years and 3 months ago
(23 January 2020)
Ended 4 years and 3 months ago
(23 January 2020)
Not Supported
18.10 (Cosmic Cuttlefish)
5 years and 6 months ago
(18 October 2018)
Ended 4 years and 9 months ago
(18 July 2019)
Ended 4 years and 9 months ago
(18 July 2019)
Not Supported
18.04 (Bionic Beaver)
6 years and 3 weeks ago
(26 April 2018)
Ended 11 months and 2 weeks ago
(31 May 2023)
Ended 11 months and 2 weeks ago
(31 May 2023)
Ends in 3 years and 10 months
(1 April 2028)
17.10 (Artful Aardvark)
6 years and 6 months ago
(19 October 2017)
Ended 5 years and 9 months ago
(19 July 2018)
Ended 5 years and 9 months ago
(19 July 2018)
Not Supported
17.04 (Zesty Zapus)
7 years and 1 month ago
(13 April 2017)
Ended 6 years and 4 months ago
(13 January 2018)
Ended 6 years and 4 months ago
(13 January 2018)
Not Supported
16.04 (Xenial Xerus - LTS)
8 years and 3 weeks ago
(21 April 2016)
Ended 3 years and 1 month ago
(2 April 2021)
Ended 3 years and 1 month ago
(2 April 2021)
Ends in 1 year and 10 months
(2 April 2026)
15.10 (Wily Werewolf)
8 years and 6 months ago
(22 October 2015)
Ended 7 years and 9 months ago
(28 July 2016)
Ended 7 years and 9 months ago
(28 July 2016)
Not Supported
15.04 (Vivid Vervet)
9 years and 3 weeks ago
(23 April 2015)
Ended 8 years and 3 months ago
(4 February 2016)
Ended 8 years and 3 months ago
(4 February 2016)
Not Supported
14.10 (Utopic Unicorn)
9 years and 6 months ago
(23 October 2014)
Ended 8 years and 9 months ago
(23 July 2015)
Ended 8 years and 9 months ago
(23 July 2015)
Not Supported
14.04 (Trusty Tahr- LTS)
10 years and 1 month ago
(17 April 2014)
Ended 5 years and 1 month ago
(2 April 2019)
Ended 5 years and 1 month ago
(2 April 2019)
Ended 1 month and 2 weeks ago
(2 April 2024)
12.04 (Precise Pangolin - LTS)
12 years and 3 weeks ago
(26 April 2012)
Ended 7 years and 2 weeks ago
(28 April 2017)
Ended 7 years and 2 weeks ago
(28 April 2017)
Ended 5 years and 3 weeks ago
(26 April 2019)
11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot)
12 years and 7 months ago
(13 October 2011)
Ended 11 years and 1 week ago
(9 May 2013)
Ended 11 years and 1 week ago
(9 May 2013)
Not Supported
11.04 (Natty Narwhal)
13 years and 2 weeks ago
(28 April 2011)
Ended 11 years and 6 months ago
(28 October 2012)
Ended 11 years and 6 months ago
(28 October 2012)
Not Supported
10.10 (Maverick Meerkat)
13 years and 7 months ago
(10 October 2010)
Ended 12 years and 1 month ago
(10 April 2012)
Ended 12 years and 1 month ago
(10 April 2012)
Not Supported
10.04 (Lucid Lynx - LTS)
14 years and 2 weeks ago
(29 April 2010)
Ended 11 years and 1 week ago
(9 May 2013)
Ended 11 years and 1 week ago
(9 May 2013)
Not Supported
9.10 (Karmic Koala)
14 years and 6 months ago
(29 October 2009)
Ended 13 years and 2 weeks ago
(30 April 2011)
Ended 13 years and 2 weeks ago
(30 April 2011)
Not Supported
9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope)
15 years and 3 weeks ago
(23 April 2009)
Ended 13 years and 6 months ago
(23 October 2010)
Ended 13 years and 6 months ago
(23 October 2010)
Not Supported
8.04 (Hardy Heron)
16 years and 3 weeks ago
(24 April 2008)
Ended 11 years and 1 week ago
(9 May 2013)
Ended 11 years and 1 week ago
(9 May 2013)
Ended 13 years and 5 days ago
(12 May 2011)
7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon)
16 years and 6 months ago
(18 October 2007)
Ended 15 years and 4 weeks ago
(18 April 2009)
Ended 15 years and 4 weeks ago
(18 April 2009)
Not Supported
7.04 (Feisty Fawn)
17 years and 4 weeks ago
(19 April 2007)
Ended 15 years and 6 months ago
(19 October 2008)
Ended 15 years and 6 months ago
(19 October 2008)
Not Supported
6.10 (Edgy Eft)
17 years and 6 months ago
(26 October 2006)
Ended 17 years and 6 months ago
(26 October 2006)
Ended 16 years and 3 weeks ago
(26 April 2008)
Not Supported
6.06 (Dapper Drake - LTS)
17 years and 9 months ago
(10 August 2006)
Ended 12 years and 11 months ago
(1 June 2011)
Ended 12 years and 11 months ago
(1 June 2011)
Ended 14 years and 10 months ago
(14 July 2009)
5.10 (Breezy Badger)
18 years and 7 months ago
(13 October 2005)
Ended 17 years and 1 month ago
(13 April 2007)
Ended 17 years and 1 month ago
(13 April 2007)
Not Supported
5.04 (Hoary Hedgehog)
19 years and 1 month ago
(8 April 2005)
Ended 17 years and 6 months ago
(31 October 2006)
Ended 17 years and 6 months ago
(31 October 2006)
Not Supported
4.10 (Warty Warthog)
19 years and 6 months ago
(20 October 2004)
Ended 19 years and 6 months ago
(26 October 2004)
Ended 18 years and 2 weeks ago
(30 April 2006)
Not Supported

Ubuntu Support Lifecycle

A newer version of Ubuntu is released every 6 months (in October and April) which is actively supported for 9 months. These releases are referred to as “interim” releases because they are released between the LTS versions.

During the 9-month support tenure, the supported Ubuntu version receives hardware, maintenance, and security support. Before the version reaches EOL, a newer Ubuntu version is already available.

Moreover, the Long Term Servicing (LTS) release is also published every 2 years in April. The LTS releases are initially supported for 5 years. However, in the case of the LTS releases, the 5-year active support is divided into two: 2 years of “Hardware and maintenance updates,” and another 3 years of “Maintenance and security updates.” In the table above, the “Active support” column signifies the “Hardware and maintenance support,” whereas the “Security support” column signifies the “Maintenance and security support.”

After the initial 5-year support, the LTS release enters the “Extended security” support cycle which lasts for another 5 years. This makes the total support tenure for Ubuntu LTS releases 10 years.

Ubuntu Naming Convention

Ubuntu is released with a version number. The version is listed as “YY.MM”, which means that the first portion is named after the release year, and the second portion after the period denotes the month it was released i. For example, Ubuntu 16.04 means that it was released in April (4th month) 2016.

Additionally, a development codename is also assigned to each release. So you may see different naming nomenclature with Ubuntu releases, as you used to with Android.