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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 months for approximately 24 months. After the release of 3.7.0 final, two more 3.6 bugfix updates 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

3.6.4 schedule

  • 3.6.4 candidate: 2017-12-05
  • 3.6.4 final: 2017-12-19

3.6.5 schedule

  • 3.6.5 candidate: 2018-03-13
  • 3.6.5 final: 2018-03-28

3.6.6 schedule

  • 3.6.6 candidate: 2018-06-12
  • 3.6.6 final: 2018-06-27 (expected)

Expected:

3.6.7 schedule

  • 3.6.7 candidate: 2018-09-10 (tentative)
  • 3.6.7 final: 2018-09-24 (tentative)

3.6.8 schedule

Final maintenance mode release, final binary releases.

  • 3.6.8 candidate: 2018-12-03 (tentative)
  • 3.6.8 final: 2018-12-16 (tentative)

3.6.9 and beyond schedule

Security fixes only, as needed, until 2021-12

  • TBD

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