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 * The Old Stable release is an older official version of Wireshark which is still supported. You may be required to use this, for example if your organization has strict software approval policies.  * The Old Stable release is an older official version of Wireshark which is still supported. You may be required to use one of these, for example if your organization has strict software approval policies.
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Most releases are supported for 24 months, although we might extend or shorten that time in some cases. See [[#End_of_Life_planning|End of Life planning]] for life cycle information for each release. The Stable and Old Stable release lifetimes conform to the following guidelines:
 
 * At least two (and preferably exactly two) branches will be supported at any given time.

 * Each release shall be supported for a minimum of 18 months. Support might be extended to 24 or 30 months, e.g. for releases preceding a major change.

 * Support for release X.Y ends when it reaches the end of its minimum lifetime or when version X.Y+4 is released, whichever comes '''later'''.

Depending on the pacing of major releases and their lifetimes we might have an "Old Old Stable" branch in addition to the Stable and Old Stable ones.

See [[#End_of_Life_planning|End of Life planning]] for life cycle information specific to each release.
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||3.2||Q3 2019||Release + 24 months|| Last release to support Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. ||
||3.0||February 28, 2019||August 28, 2020|| Short life cycle (18 months). ||
||3.2||Q3 2019||Release + 18 or more months|| Last release to support Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Support ends when 3.6.0 is released. ||
||3.0||February 28, 2019||August 28, 2020 or later|| Support ends when 3.4.0 is released. ||

Release Life Cycle

The Wireshark download page lists three types of releases: Stable, Old Stable, and Development.

  • The Stable release is the latest official version of Wireshark. In most cases this is the version you should use.
  • The Old Stable release is an older official version of Wireshark which is still supported. You may be required to use one of these, for example if your organization has strict software approval policies.
  • The Development version is used for testing new features. Use this if you need one of those features.

The Stable and Old Stable release lifetimes conform to the following guidelines:

  • At least two (and preferably exactly two) branches will be supported at any given time.
  • Each release shall be supported for a minimum of 18 months. Support might be extended to 24 or 30 months, e.g. for releases preceding a major change.
  • Support for release X.Y ends when it reaches the end of its minimum lifetime or when version X.Y+4 is released, whichever comes later.

Depending on the pacing of major releases and their lifetimes we might have an "Old Old Stable" branch in addition to the Stable and Old Stable ones.

See End of Life planning for life cycle information specific to each release.

A more detailed description can be found in the Release Policy.

Staying Current

Wireshark releases are announced on the wireshark-announce mailing list. A PAD file is also published at https://www.wireshark.org/wireshark-pad.xml.

Release Numbers

To understand the numbering of the releases, see the explanation of release numbers.

Release Planning

For the planning of the upcoming releases and their proposed contents see the roadmap.

Past Releases

Release Notes for each release are available on the main site.

The git change log provides good information about changes in each release:

Changes for older releases are listed in wiki pages:

End of Life planning

In order to limit the development burden, support for a (old-)stable release is eventually ended. This is the planning for abandoning old releases. A note is added why such release may still be relevant for you.

Version

Stable Release Date

End of Life

Notes

3.2

Q3 2019

Release + 18 or more months

Last release to support Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Support ends when 3.6.0 is released.

3.0

February 28, 2019

August 28, 2020 or later

Support ends when 3.4.0 is released.

2.6

April 18, 2018

October 18, 2020

Long term support (LTS). Last release to support GTK+ and Qt4. Last release to support Mac OS X 10.6 and 10.7 and OS X 10.8, 10.9, 10.10, and 10.11.

2.4

July 19, 2017

July 19, 2019

GTK+ UI disabled by default.

2.2

September 7, 2016

September 7, 2018

Last release to support Windows Vista and (the non-R2) Windows Server 2008.

2.0

November 18, 2015

November 18, 2017

Last release to support 32-bit x86 on OS X.

1.12

July 31, 2014

July 31, 2016

Last release using the GTK+ GUI by default. Last release to support Windows Server 2003.

1.10

June 5, 2013

June 5, 2015

Last release to support Windows XP and U3 packages.

1.8

June 21, 2012

June 21, 2014

Last release to support Mac OS X on PPC.

1.6

June 7, 2011

June 7, 2013

Last release that compiles on Red Hat EL 5.

1.4

August 30, 2010

August 30, 2012

1.2

June 15, 2009

June 30, 2011

Last release to support Windows 2000.

1.0

March 31, 2008

September 30, 2010

Last release to support GTK+ 1.0.

Discussion

Support for Windows 7 ends on January 14, 2020. Wireshark 3.2 will likely be the last release that supports it.

Support for Windows Vista ended on April 11, 2017. Wireshark 2.2 is the last release that supports it.

Support for Windows XP ended on April 8, 2014. Wireshark 1.10 is the last release that supports it.

U3 reached end of life in 2009. We stopped producing U3 packages when 1.10 reached end of life.

Development/LifeCycle (last edited 2019-04-29 17:49:35 by GeraldCombs)