Drupal 9 End of Life: Upgrade to Drupal 10

Drupal has officially reached its end of life for version 9 as of November 1st, 2023. This milestone follows the end of life for several key components on which Drupal 9 relies, including Symfony 4, CKEditor 4, and Twig 2.

Drupal 9 has been a significant player in the world of web development, with a strong dependence on essential software projects such as Symfony, CKEditor, and Twig. However, as Symfony 4, CKEditor 4, and Twig 2 reached their respective end-of-life dates, Drupal 9 had no choice but to follow suit, ceasing all further releases.

In response to these changes, the Drupal community has outlined two crucial developments set to take place before the end of January 2024. Firstly, the automated testing platform DrupalCI will no longer support Drupal 9. This change will impact the development and testing processes for Drupal-contributed projects.

The second important shift is related to the release of branches of contributed projects that exclusively support Drupal 9. These branches will be marked as unsupported. The Drupal community encourages contributors to update their projects to be compatible with Drupal 10, ensuring a smooth transition for users.

To assist developers and website administrators in this transition, Drupal has provided documentation on how to update a site to Drupal 10. Additionally, contributors are urged to check for existing Drupal 10 compatibility issues relevant to their projects.

For projects that are already compatible with Drupal 10 but lack a stable release, the community advises tagging a release once confidence in the project's stability is established. In cases where it's feasible, tagging a minor release that supports Drupal 9 and 10 is recommended to ensure a seamless upgrade path for users.

The end of life for Drupal 9 marks an important turning point for the ecosystem. Developers and website owners are now encouraged to adapt to Drupal 10, ensuring they stay up-to-date and benefit from the latest features and security enhancements. As the Drupal community moves forward, this transition to Drupal 10 is a critical step in maintaining the integrity and functionality of Drupal-based websites.

Source of Information: Drupal 9 is end of life - PSA-2023-11-01 | Drupal.org

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