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FreeBSD 13.4 Release Process


This is the release schedule for FreeBSD 13.4. 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


25 June 2024

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

Release schedule reminder

8 July 2024

8 July 2024

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

Code slush begins

19 July 2024

20 July 2024

Release Engineers announce that all further commits to the stable/13 branch will not require explicit approval, however new features should be avoided.

releng/13.4 branch

2 August 2024


releng/13.4 branch created; future release engineering proceeds on this branch.

BETA1 builds begin

2 August 2024


First beta test snapshot.

BETA2 builds begin

9 August 2024


Second beta test snapshot.

BETA3 builds begin

16 August 2024


Third beta test snapshot.

RC1 builds begin

23 August 2024


First release candidate.

RELEASE builds begin

30 August 2024


13.4-RELEASE builds begin.

RELEASE announcement

3 September 2024


13.4-RELEASE press release.

"*" indicates "as-needed" items.

Additional Information

Last modified on: July 19, 2024 by Colin Percival