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FreeBSD 14.1 Release Process


This is the release schedule for FreeBSD 14.1. 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


20 December 2023

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

Release schedule reminder

8 April 2024

8 April 2024

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

Code slush begins

19 April 2024


Release Engineers announce that all further commits to the stable/14 branch will not require explicit approval, however new features should be avoided.

releng/14.1 branch

3 May 2024


releng/14.1 branch created; future release engineering proceeds on this branch.

BETA1 builds begin

3 May 2024


First beta test snapshot.

BETA2 builds begin

10 May 2024


Second beta test snapshot.

BETA3 builds begin

17 May 2024


Third beta test snapshot.

RC1 builds begin

24 May 2024


First release candidate.

RC2 builds begin

31 May 2024


Second release candidate.

RC3 builds begin

7 June 2024


Third release candidate.

RELEASE builds begin

14 June 2024


14.1-RELEASE builds begin.

RELEASE announcement

18 June 2024


14.1-RELEASE press release.

Turn over to the secteam



releng/14.1 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: April 14, 2024 by Colin Percival