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FreeBSD 12.4 Release Process


This is the release schedule for FreeBSD 12.4. For more information about the release engineering process, please see the Release Engineering section of the web site.

General discussions about the pending release and known issues should be sent to the public freebsd-stable mailing list.


Action Expected Actual Description

Initial release schedule announcement


19 August 2022

Release Engineers send announcement email to developers with a rough schedule.

Release schedule reminder

30 September 2022


Release Engineers send reminder announcement e-mail to developers with updated schedule.

Code slush begins

7 October 2022


Release Engineers announce that all further commits to the stable/12 branch will not require explicit approval, however new features should be avoided.

releng/12.4 branch

21 October 2022


releng/12.4 branch created; future release engineering proceeds on this branch.

BETA1 builds begin

21 October 2022


First beta test snapshot.

BETA2 builds begin

28 October 2022


Second beta test snapshot.

BETA3 builds begin*

4 November 2022


Third beta test snapshot.

RC1 builds begin

11 November 2022


First release candidate.

RC2 builds begin

18 November 2022


Second release candidate.

RC3 builds begin*

25 November 2022


Third release candidate.

RELEASE builds begin

2 December 2022


12.4-RELEASE builds begin.

RELEASE announcement

7 December 2022


12.4-RELEASE press release.

Turn over to the secteam



releng/12.4 branch is handed over to the FreeBSD Security Officer Team in one or two weeks after the announcement.

"*" indicates "as-needed" items.

Additional Information

Last modified on: September 7, 2022 by Glen Barber