Security public service announcements: Extending Drupal 7’s End-of-Life – PSA-2020-06-24

Date: 
2020-June-24
Description: 

Previously, Drupal 7’s end-of-life was scheduled for November 2021. Given the impact of COVID-19 on budgets and businesses, we will be extending the end of life until November 28, 2022. The Drupal Security Team will continue to follow the Security Team processes for Drupal 7 core and contributed projects.

However, this means extra work from the Drupal community at large and the security team in particular to review security reports, create patches, and release security advisories for Drupal 7. This community effort will give site owners more time while budgets recover, but the organizations that sponsor security team members and the individual security team members who volunteer their time could use your support. If you can, please donate to support the end-of-life extension.

Drupal 8 will still be end-of-life on November 2, 2021, due to Symfony 3’s end of life. However, since the upgrade path from Drupal 8 to Drupal 9 is much easier, we don’t anticipate the same impact on end-users.

What does this mean for my Drupal 7 site?

You can continue to run the site and get security updates via the normal channels and processes. This will give you an extra year to work on converting your site to Drupal 9.

Do I need to upgrade to Drupal 8 before I upgrade to Drupal 9?

Migrating directly from Drupal 7 to Drupal 9 is supported with the core Migrate module. Read more on preparing a Drupal 7 site for Drupal 9.

How can I help?

Consider donating to support this effort. If you are a representative of a large end-user of Drupal, we’d love you to join the Drupal Association and the security team as a partner.

You can also consider getting more involved in fixing issues in the issue queue or joining the Security Team as a way to support the effort.

What about Drupal 7 Vendor Extended Support?

The extended support will now run from November 2022 until November 2025. You can read more about the Drupal 7 Vendor Extended Support program.

What about contributed projects?

The Security Team will continue to follow the Security Team processes for contributed projects. Contributed project maintainers are asked to consider supporting existing Drupal 7 releases if they are able.