Ansible-core 2.16

Release Schedule


PRs must be raised well in advance of the dates below to have a chance of being included in this ansible-core release.


Dates subject to change.

Development Phase

The milestone branch will be advanced at the start date of each development phase.

  • 2023-05-01 Development Phase 1

  • 2023-06-26 Development Phase 2

  • 2023-08-07 Development Phase 3

Release Phase

  • 2023-09-18 Feature Freeze (and stable-2.16 branching from devel) No new functionality (including modules/plugins) to any code

  • 2023-09-25 Beta 1

  • 2023-10-16 Release Candidate 1

  • 2023-11-06 Release


The beta and release candidate schedules allow for up to 3 releases on a weekly schedule depending on the necessity of creating a release.

Release Manager

Ansible Core Team

Planned work

  • Drop Python 3.5 support for module execution

  • Drop Python 3.9 support for controller

  • Add support to ansible-doc for collections to declare new plugin types

  • Preserve display context when proxying display over the queue

  • Update TaskExecutor to not unnecessarily establish persistent ansible-connection when not needed

  • Remove deprecated functionality

  • Decrease incidental integration tests

  • Add controller type hinting for discrete areas of the code

  • Decrease testing sanity ignores

  • Update ansible-test container images and VMs

  • Update ansible-test dependencies

Delayed work

The following work has been delayed and retargeted for a future release:

  • Data Tagging