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Python Enhancement Proposals

PEP 494 – Python 3.6 Release Schedule

Author
Ned Deily <nad at python.org>
Status
Final
Type
Informational
Created
30-May-2015
Python-Version
3.6

Table of Contents

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: Julien Palard, Georg Brandl

3.6 Lifespan

3.6 will receive bugfix updates approximately every 3 months for about 24 months. Sometime 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 as needed until 5 years after the release of 3.6 final, so until approximately 2021-12.

As of 2021-12-23, 3.6 has reached the end-of-life phase of its release cycle. 3.6.15 was the final security release. The code base for 3.6 is now frozen and no further updates will be provided nor issues of any kind will be accepted on the bug tracker.

Release Schedule

3.6.0 schedule

  • 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 (first bugfix release)

  • 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

3.6.7 schedule

  • 3.6.7 candidate: 2018-09-26
  • 3.6.7 candidate 2: 2018-10-13
  • 3.6.7 final: 2018-10-20

3.6.8 schedule (last bugfix release)

Last binary releases

  • 3.6.8 candidate: 2018-12-11
  • 3.6.8 final: 2018-12-24

3.6.9 schedule (first security-only release)

Source only

  • 3.6.9 candidate 1: 2019-06-18
  • 3.6.9 final: 2019-07-02

3.6.10 schedule

  • 3.6.10 candidate 1: 2019-12-11
  • 3.6.10 final: 2019-12-18

3.6.11 schedule

  • 3.6.11 candidate 1: 2020-06-15
  • 3.6.11 final: 2020-06-27

3.6.12 schedule

  • 3.6.12 final: 2020-08-17

3.6.13 schedule

  • 3.6.13 final: 2021-02-15

3.6.14 schedule

  • 3.6.14 final: 2021-06-28

3.6.15 schedule (last security-only release)

  • 3.6.15 final: 2021-09-04

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 customization 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/main/pep-0494.txt

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