ATS Release Roadmap

Apache Traffic Server is currently on a two year major release cycle. At any given time, we guarantee to have two major versions supported. Please refer to our download page to see the current supported versions.

Versions, compatibility and schedules

  1. We aim to make 1 major release every two years, but the RM and community can of course make more as necessary.

  2. We cut LTS major and minor releases straight off the master branch. We will make release branches in a timely manner before making any release candidates.

  3. Master is always open for compatible changes.

  4. Master is always stable, i.e. commits should be properly tested and reviewed before committed to master.

  5. Incompatible changes must be made on the current -dev branch.

  6. All releases are stable releases, following strict Semantic Versioning.

  7. Minor and patch releases are made at the discretion of the community and the RM.

  8. Minor releases can include new (small / safe) features, but must be compatible within the LTS major version.

  9. The LTS cycle, approximately 4 years, does not reset when we make a minor release.

  10. The goal is that within a major LTS version, only one minor version is continuously supported. For example, if we have made a v9.1.2, and the RM makes a v9.2.0 release, do not expect any more releases of v9.1.x. The exception here would be serious issues, or security problems.

Branch Management

As of v10.0.0` and forward, we will cut all major and minor branches off the main branch (master). The -Dev branch will be used for incompatible changes, and will be merged into master when the next major release is in progress.


The implication of this new process is that we will no longer cherry pick PRs from master to a release branch. Rather, each major and minor release is taken whole sale from the master branch. For managing your PRs, this means:

  1. You do not need to nominate your PR for a backport to a minor release, unless the release branch has been cut. A goal here is that the release branches are stable in preparation of the minor release, while master is still open.

  2. An exception for this are the older LTS releases and minor critical fixes. For such changes, always nominate your PR for backport to those Projects.

  3. The default Milestone changes for every major and minor release. For example, if the current LTS release is 10.0.1, the milestone for all new PRs will be 10.1.0 going forward.

  4. We will create tags on the master branch regularly, for coordinating testing efforts. These are not releases!

  5. We will regularly (weekly) merge master to the current -Dev branch, to keep them in sync.

It is absolutely critical that everyone sets the Milestone and Project fields appropriate in this process. This is how we will manage the releases!

Current Release Schedule and support

Master is currently targeted for our first v10.0.x release. When this branch is created, the new process kicks in and Milestones must follow the next minor release number (e.g. 10.1.0).


Note: These are examples, only the first minor release number of each major LTS branch is guaranteed to be made. The dates for point releases are also for illustration.

Burning release numbers, or how our release process works

When we upload a tarball (compressed archive) to VOTE for a new release and encounter issues where the code is broken and requires changes, we avoid reusing the same version number. This precaution is taken to ensure the integrity of the process, maintaining that the released code matches what’s in the repository and that no unauthorized code gets included. For instance, if we initially have a release candidate named trafficserver-4.1.4-rc1.tar.bz2 and it gets approved in the vote, we will create a new version without the “rc1” in the name, like trafficserver-4.1.4.tar.bz2. However, this change also affects the checksums (sha1 and md5) and the GPG signature. This situation could potentially be exploited to introduce unnoticed code changes.

Therefore when creating a new release the first thing we do is create a signed tag and push it. That way everyone can compare that signed tag with the signed tar-ball that we create from the tag and upload it (usually to

Now, when we notice an issue that needs a code-change, we make that on master, cherry-pick it to the release-branch (optional), and create the new tag.

Release Managers




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Each release manager is responsible for the primary, minor release, as well as any patch releases within that minor release. Note that patch releases are primarily for truly critical bugs, and security issues. Don’t expect minor fixes or feature additions in a patch release, those happens on each quarterly release.