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FreeBSD 14.0 Release Process


This is the release schedule for FreeBSD 14.0. 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-current mailing list.


During the main freeze, the Release Engineering Team may create ALPHA snapshots to publish for testing purposes. As the frequency and total number of the ALPHA snapshots will depend on the length of time the main branch is frozen, no official schedule is provided.

Announcements regarding the availability of the ALPHA snapshots will be sent to the freebsd-current and freebsd-snapshots mailing lists.

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

17 April 2023


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

Code slush begins / KBI freeze

25 April 2023


Release Engineers announce that all further commits to the main branch will not require explicit approval, however new features should be avoided. Additionally, there can be no changes to the KBI until main is branched to stable/14.

stable/14 branch

12 May 2023


stable/14 branch created; release engineering continues on this branch.

releng/14.0 branch

26 May 2023


releng/14.0 branch created; future release engineering proceeds on this branch. Commits to this branch require explicit approval from the Release Engineers.

BETA1 builds begin

26 May 2023


First beta test snapshot.

BETA2 builds begin

2 June 2023


Second beta test snapshot.

BETA3 builds begin*

9 June 2023


Third beta test snapshot.

RC1 builds begin

16 June 2023


First release candidate.

RC2 builds begin

23 June 2023


Second release candidate.

RC3 builds begin*

7 July 2023


Third release candidate.

RELEASE builds begin

14 July 2023


14.0-RELEASE builds begin.

RELEASE announcement

17 July 2023


14.0-RELEASE press release.

Turn over to the secteam



releng/14.0 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