Zope release schedule

The Zope development and support roadmap. Last updated: January 2023

If you use Plone, please visit the Plone release schedule for all Plone-specific details. Support for Zope releases aims to track support for the respective Plone version(s) built on top of them.

Zope currently has two release managers, Michael Howitz and Jens Vagelpohl.

Support schedule

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Series

Latest

Python

Status

First

End support:

End support:

release

versions

release

maintenance

security

2.13

2.13.30

2.7

end of life

2010-11-05

2019-02-09

2020-12-31

4.0

4.8.7

2.7, 3.5-3.8

end of life

2019-05-10

2021-09-30

2022-12-31

5.0

5.8

3.7-3.11 1 2 3

maintenance

2020-10-08

2023-12-31 4

2024-12-31 4

6.0

-

TBD

unreleased

TBD 5

2025-12-31 6

2027-12-31 6

1

Python 3.10 support added with release 5.4.

2

Python 3.11 support added with release 5.7.

3

Python 3.6 support removed with release 5.8.

4(1,2)

Tentative: Final support deadlines for the Zope 5 series will be set when Zope 6 is released. Zope 5 will enjoy full maintenance support at least until Zope 6 is released and Security support for at least one year after that.

5

There is no release date for Zope 6 yet because there hasn’t been any backwards-incompatible changes warranting a new major release yet.

6(1,2)

Purely speculative and subject to change after a release date has been set for Zope 6.

Definitions

On this page, we use these terms:

  • End of Life: No further development is done and no releases are published.

  • Maintenance support: security and other bug fixes and small new features are added. Around the end of maintenance support, a last release will be done.

  • Security support: security fixes will be made available for this series.

  • Major version: 4.0, 5.0

  • Minor version: 4.5, 5.7

  • Bugfix version: 4.4.1, 5.6.1

Release cadence

This is the expected release cadence for Zope:

  • We aim to release a new minor version roughly every 2-6 months.

  • We aim to release a new major version roughly every 2-3 years.

  • Planning for a new minor or major version usually starts after a release has been done. Currently, there is no clear calendar with expected dates.

Maintenance policy

These are the general rules for maintenance support for Zope:

  • Each major release series gets at least two years of maintenance support, most likely more.

  • Maintenance support is extended at least until a new major release is published.

  • If a new major release is published after the two year maintenance support window, the previous release series may be downgraded to Security support soon thereafter.

Security policy

These are the general rules for security support for Zope:

  • Each major release gets at least three years of security support.

  • There is a security support overlap of at least one year between major versions. This gives you time to migrate to a new major version.

  • You have to be on the last minor release to have the full period of security support.

  • Each minor release gets at least one year of security support.

  • Note that underlying versions of Python and other dependencies may be out of security support sooner.

Versioning policy

Zope and Zope ecosystem packages follow semantic versioning: a new feature means a minor release, a breaking change means a major release for a package.

  • 5.0.1 and 5.0.2 are examples of bugfix releases. These contain bug fixes. They may contain new code that should not affect stability, for example updated dependency versions. Add-ons should not need changes.

  • 5.1 and 5.2 are minor releases. These contain larger changes or new backwards-compatible features. Occasionally a minor release may drop support for a Python version, if this version is no longer supported by the Python community. Minor releases may also add support for newer Python versions. Both dropped and added Python version support will be clearly visible in the support table above. Add-ons may need to be changed to use the new features or Python version. It should be easy to make the same version of an add-on work in all minor releases.

  • 4 and 5 are major releases. These contain breaking changes. Add-ons are likely to need changes. It may be hard to have one version of an add-on work across two major versions.

Note that Zope is both a framework and a product, and you can use a lot of community add-ons and own code on top of it. This means that even a seemingly innocent fix like adding a class in HTML could break something for someone. We cannot foresee everything. Please be a bit forgiving.

General advice for all Zope versions

Supported Zope versions

Zope 5

  • First official release: 5.0, October 2020

  • Current release: 5.8, January 2023

  • Next release expected: early 2023, roughly every 2-6 months.

  • Supports Python 3.7, 3.8, 3.9, 3.10 and 3.11.

    • Python 3.6 support was removed in release 5.8.

    • Python 3.10 support was added in release 5.4.

    • Python 3.11 support was added in release 5.7.

  • Used by Plone 6.0

  • Maintenance support until at least December 31, 2023.

  • Security support until at least December 31, 2024.

No longer supported Zope versions

Zope 4

Zope 4 supports Python 2 and Python 3. It is meant to act as a bridge for those upgrading applications from Zope 2. Once you are on Zope 4 and Python 3 the next step to Zope 5 is painless and you should migrate immediately.

  • First official release: 4.0, May 2019

  • Current release: 4.8.7, January 2023

  • Next release expected: Zope 4 has reached end-of-life. There may be sporadic releases to fix urgent issues. Please move to Zope 5.

  • Supports Python 2.7, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7 and 3.8.

    • Please note that Python 2.7, 3.5 and 3.6 have reached end of life, you should use Python 3.7 at least.

  • Used by Plone 5.2

  • Maintenance support has ended September 30, 2021

  • Security support has ended on December 31, 2022.

Zope 2.13

  • First official release: 2.13.0, November 2010

  • Last release: 2.13.30, February 2020

  • Supports Python 2.7

  • Used by Plone 4.3, 5.0 and 5.1

  • Maintenance support has ended on February 9, 2019

  • Security support has ended on December 31, 2020