Qt Creator Releases

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Qt Creator Release Cycle

We aim for 3 Qt Creator minor releases each year. Each minor release goes through the following stages before the final release date:

  • T-8 Weeks: Feature freeze
  • T-6 Weeks: Beta release + soft string freeze
  • T-4 Weeks: String freeze
  • T-2 Weeks: Release candidate
  • T-0 Weeks: Final release

These times are approximate and can vary a bit, depending on the state of Qt Creator during the process.

Patch releases can happen after the final release, mostly with the scope of fixing brown paper bag and high priority issues (see also the Qt Creator Submit Policies [qt.io]). We do not maintain multiple Qt Creator minor releases in parallel, usually there is no patch release after the beta of the next minor release has been released. Qt Creator’s schedule is not aligned with Qt’s schedule, but we typically provide a patch release exactly matching Qt releases which is then released at the same time.

The time after a final (.0) release starts with a period of about two months (52 weeks / 3 releases - 8 weeks from feature freeze to final = 9 1/3 weeks) which focuses on feature development for the upcoming release. (During that time there might be patch releases as described above.)

Upcoming Releases

Tentative dates:

Qt Creator 4.5

  • Feature freeze wk39 (~ Sep 26 2017)
  • Beta release wk41 (~ Oct 10 2017)
  • String freeze wk44 (~ Nov 2 2017)
  • Release candidate wk46 (~ Nov 14 2017)
  • Final release wk48 (~ Nov 28 2017)

Qt Creator 4.6

  • Feature freeze wk03 (~ Jan 16 2018)
  • Beta release wk05 (~ Jan 30 2018)
  • String freeze wk07 (~ Feb 13 2018)
  • Release candidate wk09 (~ Feb 27 2018)
  • Final release wk11 (~ Mar 13 2018)

Qt Creator 4.7

  • Feature freeze wk20 (~ May 15 2018)
  • Beta release wk22 (~ May 29 2018)
  • String freeze wk24 (~ Jun 12 2018)
  • Release candidate wk26 (~ Jun 26 2018)
  • Final release wk28 (~ Jul 10 2018)

Qt Creator 4.8

  • Feature freeze wk40 (~ Oct 2 2018)
  • Beta release wk42 (~ Oct 16 2018)
  • String freeze wk44 (~ Oct 30 2018)
  • Release candidate wk46 (~ Nov 13 2018)
  • Final release wk48 (~ Nov 27 2018)

The mentioned dates are typically Tuesdays of the weeks, packages are meant to be ready by then. Actual release typically happens on Wednesday or Thursday.

A collection of older release plans is found at Old Qt Creator Releases.