Drupal 7's end-of-life has been extended until November 28, 2022

Drupal 7's end-of-life has been extended until November 28, 2022

Date: 2020-June-24

The Drupal Security Team has announced today that given the impact of COVID-19 on budgets and businesses Drupal 7's end-of-life, previously scheduled for November 2021, will be extended until November 28, 2022.

At the same time, it's noted that Drupal 8 will still reach its end-of-life on November 2, 2021 due to Symfony 3's end of life. It definitely seems unusual that Drupal 8's support is going to end sooner than Drupal 7 reaches its end-of-life, however since the upgrade path from Drupal 8 to Drupal 9 is much easier, the impact is predicted to be comparatively less.

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 or Backdrop.

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.

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 Drupal Security Team will continue to follow the Security Team processes for contributed projects. As maintainers of several contributed projects such as Protected Submissions, Search Index Options, Sticky Note, AltaGrade team will continue supporting them all until Drupal 7 reaches end-of-life on November 28, 2022.

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