Debian is a free operating system for your computer. The Debian stable branch is the most popular edition for personal computers and network servers, and is used as the basis for many other Linux distributions.

Release Released Debian Security Support Debian LTS Latest
12 (Bookworm) 11 months ago
(10 Jun 2023)
Ends in 2 years
(10 Jun 2026)
Ends in 4 years
(10 Jun 2028)
12.5
(10 Feb 2024)
11 (Bullseye) 2 years and 9 months ago
(14 Aug 2021)
Ends in 2 months and 1 week
(31 Jul 2024)
Ends in 2 years
(30 Jun 2026)
11.9
(10 Feb 2024)
10 (Buster) 4 years and 10 months ago
(06 Jul 2019)
Ended 1 year and 8 months ago
(10 Sep 2022)
Ends in 1 month and 1 week
(30 Jun 2024)
10.13
(10 Sep 2022)
9 (Stretch) 6 years and 11 months ago
(17 Jun 2017)
Ended 3 years and 10 months ago
(18 Jul 2020)
Ended 1 year and 10 months ago
(01 Jul 2022)
9.13
(18 Jul 2020)
8 (Jessie) 9 years ago
(25 Apr 2015)
Ended 5 years and 11 months ago
(17 Jun 2018)
Ended 3 years and 10 months ago
(30 Jun 2020)
8.11
(23 Jun 2018)
7 (Wheezy) 11 years ago
(04 May 2013)
Ended 8 years ago
(25 Apr 2016)
Ended 5 years and 11 months ago
(31 May 2018)
7.11
(04 Jun 2016)
6 (Squeeze) 13 years ago
(06 Feb 2011)
Ended 9 years ago
(31 May 2014)
Ended 8 years ago
(29 Feb 2016)
6.0.10
(19 Jul 2014)

At any given time, there is one stable release of Debian, which has the support of the Debian security team. When a new stable version is released, the security team will usually cover the previous version for a year or so, while they also cover the new/current version. Only stable is recommended for production use.

Debian Long Term Support (LTS) is a project to extend the lifetime of all Debian stable releases to (at least) 5 years on a limited set of architectures. Debian LTS will not be handled by the Debian security team, but by a separate group of volunteers and companies. Not all packages of the Debian archive are supported by LTS, the debian-security-support package can check for unsupported packages.

A commercial offering for Extended Long Term Support (ELTS) is also available to further extend the lifetime of Debian releases to 10 years (5 supplementary years after the 5 years offered by the LTS project). It is not an official Debian project.

More information is available on the Debian website.

You should be running one of the supported release numbers listed above in the rightmost column.

You can check the version that you are currently using by running:
cat /etc/os-release

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