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Normally, you should use the latest version of Joomla! for a new site unless you have a specific reason not to. The latest version can be downloaded from the [http://joomlacode.org/gf/project/joomla/frs/?action=FrsReleaseBrowse&frs_package_id=3846 Joomla! download site]. If you are running an earlier release of the current version (for example, you are running 1.5.2 and the current version is 1.5.6), you should upgrade to the current version if you experience any problems. Each minor release fixes a number of bugs, so it is always good practice to upgrade to the latest minor version as a first step in troubleshooting a problem.
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{{:Joomla! CMS versions}}
  
If you have a site that is working well on an older Joomla! version, you do not need to upgrade the site. At the time of this writing, both Joomla! version 1.0 and 1.5 are supported, although all new development effort is going into version 1.5. Version 1.6 is planned for release in a few months time.
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==Important Notes==
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* Make sure that you subscribe to the [http://feeds.joomla.org/JoomlaSecurityNews Joomla! Security Announcements] feed. This forum is used to make announcements, including the availability of new releases, that could affect the security of your site.
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* If you are running an earlier release of the current version (for example, you are running 2.5.1 and the current version is 2.5.6), you should upgrade to the current version. Each minor release fixes a number of bugs and/or security issues. It is always good practice to upgrade to the latest minor version as a first step in troubleshooting a problem and fixing any newly discovered security issues.
  
Many Joomla! Extensions have been released for version 1.5, with more being offered each week. However, there may be specific cases where an Extension is available for version 1.0 and not available for version 1.5, and this could be a reason to use version 1.0.
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[[Category:Version 1.0 FAQ]]
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[[Category:Version 1.5 FAQ]]
[[Category:Version 1.0 FAQ]] [[Category:Version 1.5 FAQ]] [[Category:Getting Started FAQ]]
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[[Category:Version 1.6 FAQ]]
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[[Category:Version 1.7 FAQ]]
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[[Category:Version 2.5 FAQ]]
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[[Category:Version 3.0 FAQ]]
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[[Category:Version 3.1 FAQ]]
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[[Category:Getting Started FAQ]]</noinclude>

Revision as of 19:01, 14 June 2013

Check for the latest Joomla! CMS version. If you are not on the latest release, read the release notes to see if you need to upgrade. If a release is being made in order to address security issues then it is strongly advised that you upgrade as soon as possible. You can see the release history of each series in the table below. Click the version history link in the notes column to find details on exact release date, release notes and package and MD5s.

  • Normally, you should use the latest version of Joomla! for a new site unless you have a specific reason not to.
  • The latest version can be downloaded from the Joomla! download site.
  • Make sure you subscribe to the Joomla! Security Announcements feed. This RSS feed is used to make announcements, including the availability of new releases, that could affect the security of your site. You have the option to subscribe to this feed by RSS or email.
  • If you are running an earlier release of the current version (for example, you are running 2.5.1 and the current version is 2.5.6), you should upgrade to the current version. Each minor release fixes a number of bugs and/or security issues. It is always good practice to upgrade to the latest maintenance version as a first step in troubleshooting a problem and fixing any newly discovered security issues.

Joomla! CMS versions

CMS Version Available Support End of Life Upgrade Type Notes Latest Release
Bugs Security
1.5
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Sept 2012 Migration to 2.5 Plan to migrate to 2.5 now
Joomla 1.5 version history
EOL at 1.5.26
1.6
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Aug 2011 One-click to 2.5 Upgrade to 2.5 now
Joomla 1.6 version history
1.6.6
1.7
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Feb 2012 One-click to 2.5 Upgrade to 2.5 now
Joomla 1.7 version history
1.7.5
2.5
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December 31st, 2014 One-click core to 3.x Start planning for an upgrade to 3.3.6
Joomla 2.5 version history
2.5.27
3.0
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May 2013 One-click to 3.1 You should use the one click upgrade
Joomla 3.0 version history
3.0.4
3.1
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Dec 2013 One-click to 3.2 You should use the one click upgrade
Joomla 3.1 version history
3.1.6
3.2
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Oct 2014[1] One-click to 3.3 You should upgrade your server's PHP to 5.3.10 or greater and upgrade to 3.3
Joomla 3.2 version history
3.2.4
3.3
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3.4 release One-click Recommended for all new installs
Joomla 3.3 version history
3.3.6
3.4[2] July 2014[2][3] - - 3.5 release One-click
3.5[2] Sept 2014[2][3] - - 3.6 release One-click
... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...
3.11[2] (Autumn 2015)[2][3] - - ≥ Oct 2017[2] One-click Estimated EOL and last minor release on Joomla 3's roadmap
4.0 Q2 2015[3] - -


Important Notes

  • Make sure that you subscribe to the Joomla! Security Announcements feed. This forum is used to make announcements, including the availability of new releases, that could affect the security of your site.
  • If you are running an earlier release of the current version (for example, you are running 2.5.1 and the current version is 2.5.6), you should upgrade to the current version. Each minor release fixes a number of bugs and/or security issues. It is always good practice to upgrade to the latest minor version as a first step in troubleshooting a problem and fixing any newly discovered security issues.


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