Date: 2022-February-23
Description: *Drupal 7's End-of-Life extended to November 1, 2023 *
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More than a decade after its first release, Drupal 7 is still widely used
across the web. It can be found powering civic engagement in government
installations; managing vast amounts of content for faculty, students, and
staff in educational institutions; and providing the digital backbone for
many businesses and non-profit organizations. Drupal 9 is well-maintained,
secure, stable, and feature-rich, but many organizations still rely on Drupal

The teams that built and still maintain these legacy Drupal installations,
and the end users they serve, are important constituents of the Drupal
community. Although these users should still plan their upgrade to a newer
version of Drupal, if they are unable to upgrade before the currently
announced end-of-life, it would not be responsible of us to leave them

* Therefore, we are announcing that moving forward, the scheduled Drupal 7
End-of-Life date will be re-evaluated annually. As of today, we are extending
the end-of-life by one year to November 1, 2023. *

The Drupal project lead, Dries Buytaert, the Drupal Association, and the
Drupal Security Working Group have been monitoring the Drupal 7 ecosystem
since the previous end-of-life extension [1]. As a majority of all sites in
the Drupal project are still on Drupal 7, we have decided that there is a
clear need to provide additional support to the members of our community
still using this version. At the end of the day, we have a moral imperative
to keep as many of those sites secure as we can.

We will announce by July 2023 whether we will extend Drupal 7 community
support an additional year. Factors that we will consider are community
support, Drupal 7 usage, and active Drupal 7 maintainers. Current support is
made possible thanks to the many Drupal 7 maintainers and companies that are
paying to support Drupal 7.