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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-stable 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


26 June 2023

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

Release schedule reminder

21 July 2023

20 July 2023

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

Code slush begins / KBI freeze

4 August 2023

3 August 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

25 August 2023

24 August 2023

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

releng/14.0 branch

8 September 2023

8 September 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

8 September 2023

8 September 2023

First beta test snapshot.

BETA2 builds begin

15 September 2023

15 September 2023

Second beta test snapshot.

BETA3 builds begin

22 September 2023

22 September 2023

Third beta test snapshot.

BETA4 builds begin

29 September 2023

29 September 2023

Fourth beta test snapshot.

BETA5 builds begin

6 October 2023

6 October 2023

Fifth beta test snapshot.

RC1 builds begin

13 October 2023

13 October 2023

First release candidate.

RC2 builds begin

20 October 2023

20 October 2023

Second release candidate.

RC3 builds begin

27 October 2023

27 October 2023

Third release candidate.

RC4 builds begin

3 November 2023

3 November 2023

Fourth release candidate.

RELEASE builds begin

10 November 2023

10 November 2023

14.0-RELEASE builds begin.

RELEASE announcement

14 November 2023

20 November 2023

14.0-RELEASE press release.

Turn over to the secteam

30 November 2023

30 November 2023

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: February 6, 2024 by Paul Ivanov