Ansible project 9.0
This release schedule includes dates for the ansible package, with a few dates for the ansible-core package as well. All dates are subject to change. See the ansible-core 2.16 Roadmap for the most recent updates on
ansible-core feature freeze, stable-2.16 branch created.
Start of ansible-core 2.16 betas
First ansible-core 2.16 release candidate.
Last day for collections to make backwards incompatible releases that will be accepted into Ansible-9. This includes adding new collections to Ansible 9.0.0; from now on new collections have to wait for 9.1.0 or later.
Ansible-9.0.0 beta1 – feature freeze  (weekly beta releases; collection owners and interested users should test for bugs).
Last day to trigger an Ansible-9.0.0rc2 release because of major defects in Ansible-9.0.0rc1.
Ansible-9.0.0rc2 when necessary, otherwise Ansible-9.0.0 release.
Ansible-9.0.0 release when Ansible-9.0.0rc2 was necessary.
- 2023-11-21 or 2023-11-28:
Create the ansible-build-data directory and files for Ansible-10.
Release of ansible-core 2.16.1.
Release of Ansible-9.1.0 (bugfix + compatible features: every four weeks.)
Breaking changes will be introduced in Ansible 9.0.0. We encourage the use of deprecation periods that give advance notice of breaking changes at least one Ansible release before they are introduced. However, deprecation notices are not guaranteed to take place.
In general, it is in the discretion of the release manager to delay a release by 1-2 days for reasons such as personal (schedule) problems, technical problems (CI/infrastructure breakdown), and so on. However, in case two releases are planned for the same day, a release of the latest stable version takes precedence. This means that if a stable Ansible 9 release collides with a pre-release of Ansible 10, the latter will be delayed. If a Ansible 9 release collides with a stable Ansible 10 release, including 10.0.0, the Ansible 9 release will be delayed.
The cisco.nso collection will be removed as it is unmaintained (https://github.com/ansible-community/ansible-build-data/issues/190).
The community.fortios collection will be removed as it is unmaintained (https://github.com/ansible-community/ansible-build-data/issues/196).
The community.google collection will be removed as it is unmaintained (https://github.com/ansible-community/ansible-build-data/issues/198).
The community.skydive collection will be removed as it is unmaintained (https://github.com/ansible-community/ansible-build-data/issues/199).
You can install removed collections manually with
ansible-galaxy collection install <collection_name>.
Ansible 9.x minor releases will occur approximately every four weeks if changes to collections have been made or to align to a later ansible-core-2.16.x. Ansible 9.x minor releases may contain new features (including new collections) but not backwards incompatibilities. In practice, this means we will include new collection versions where either the patch or the minor version number has changed but not when the major number has changed. For example, if Ansible-9.0.0 ships with community.crypto 2.3.0; Ansible-9.1.0 could ship with community.crypto 2.4.0 but not community.crypto 3.0.0.
Minor and patch releases will stop when Ansible-10 is released. See the Release and Maintenance Page for more information.
For more information, reach out on a mailing list or a chat channel - see Communicating with the Ansible community for more details.