Joomla CMS Development Roadmap

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Stable Version

With the proposed new development cycle one of the key features is maintaining long-term stability and backwards compatibility while also beginning to follow a semantic versioning approach to releases. The other aspect of timeframes was previously identified as a problem with the old release cycle. This ties in closely to the version numbers and release dates. By changing the releases to a somewhat standardised semantic version numbering and increasing the number of releases we will be able to stop the rush to include bugs and improvements in a release. Ideally the goal is to minimise the amount of items to be included in each release but also offer a more frequent release cycle. Important to keep in mind: these releases are considered minor releases and none of them are to break backwards compatibility. Any features determined to break backwards compatibility will be moved to the next major release, Joomla! 4.x.

Estimated EOS (End of Support) for the Joomla 3 major series, Two years once Joomla! 3.10 is released.[1]

Please remember all dates are tentative and proposed focus for each release subject to modification.


Joomla! 3.9


4th Quarter 2018

Release manager

Main Feature

  • Privacy Tool Suite

Joomla! 3.10

Last planned release

Release manager

Main Feature

  • Joomla! 4 future compatibility

Joomla! 4.0


Release manager

Features under developement

  • MVC layer Improvements
  • Full code namespacing
  • User Interface (backend and frontend templates)
  • New Media Manager
  • New Publishing Workflow


  1. The full explanation of supported releases can be found under the heading, 4.3 Supported releases on the Joomla Development Strategy document.

Detailed Roadmap