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PEP 494 -- Python 3.6 Release Schedule

PEP:494
Title:Python 3.6 Release Schedule
Author:Ned Deily <nad at python.org>
Status:Active
Type:Informational
Created:30-May-2015
Python-Version:3.6

Abstract

This document describes the development and release schedule for Python 3.6. The schedule primarily concerns itself with PEP-sized items.

Release Manager and Crew

  • 3.6 Release Manager: Ned Deily
  • Windows installers: Steve Dower
  • Mac installers: Ned Deily
  • Documentation: Georg Brandl

3.6 Lifespan

3.6 will receive bugfix updates approximately every 3-6 months for approximately 18 months. After the release of 3.7.0 final, a final 3.6 bugfix update will be released. After that, it is expected that security updates (source only) will be released until 5 years after the release of 3.6 final, so until approximately December 2021.

Release Schedule

3.6.0 schedule

Actual:

  • 3.6 development begins: 2015-05-24
  • 3.6.0 alpha 1: 2016-05-17
  • 3.6.0 alpha 2: 2016-06-13
  • 3.6.0 alpha 3: 2016-07-11
  • 3.6.0 alpha 4: 2016-08-15
  • 3.6.0 beta 1: 2016-09-12 (No new features beyond this point.)
  • 3.6.0 beta 2: 2016-10-10
  • 3.6.0 beta 3: 2016-10-31
  • 3.6.0 beta 4: 2016-11-21
  • 3.6.0 candidate 1: 2016-12-06
  • 3.6.0 candidate 2: 2016-12-16
  • 3.6.0 final: 2016-12-23

3.6.1 schedule

  • 3.6.1 candidate: 2017-03-05
  • 3.6.1 final: 2017-03-21

3.6.2 schedule

  • 3.6.2 candidate 1: 2017-06-17
  • 3.6.2 candidate 2: 2017-07-07
  • 3.6.2 final: 2017-07-17

3.6.3 schedule

  • 3.6.3 candidate: 2017-09-19
  • 3.6.3 final: 2017-10-03

Expected:

3.6.4 schedule

  • 3.6.4 candidate: 2017-12-04 (tentative)
  • 3.6.4 final: 2017-12-18 (tentative)

Features for 3.6

Implemented changes for 3.6 (as of 3.6.0 beta 1):

  • PEP 468, Preserving Keyword Argument Order
  • PEP 487, Simpler customisation of class creation
  • PEP 495, Local Time Disambiguation
  • PEP 498, Literal String Formatting
  • PEP 506, Adding A Secrets Module To The Standard Library
  • PEP 509, Add a private version to dict
  • PEP 515, Underscores in Numeric Literals
  • PEP 519, Adding a file system path protocol
  • PEP 520, Preserving Class Attribute Definition Order
  • PEP 523, Adding a frame evaluation API to CPython
  • PEP 524, Make os.urandom() blocking on Linux (during system startup)
  • PEP 525, Asynchronous Generators (provisional)
  • PEP 526, Syntax for Variable Annotations (provisional)
  • PEP 528, Change Windows console encoding to UTF-8 (provisional)
  • PEP 529, Change Windows filesystem encoding to UTF-8 (provisional)
  • PEP 530, Asynchronous Comprehensions
Source: https://github.com/python/peps/blob/master/pep-0494.txt