MySQL is an open source database developed by Oracle. With its proven performance, reliability and ease-of-use, MySQL has become the leading database choice for web-based applications, used by high profile web properties including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Yahoo! and many more.

Release Schedule Image Gantt Chart for MySQL
Release Released Premier Support Extended Support Latest
8.3 2 months and 1 week ago
(14 Dec 2023)
Yes Yes 8.3.0
(14 Dec 2023)
8.2 4 months and 2 weeks ago
(12 Oct 2023)
Yes Yes 8.2.0
(12 Oct 2023)
8.1 8 months ago
(21 Jun 2023)
Ended 4 months ago
(25 Oct 2023)
Ended 4 months ago
(25 Oct 2023)
8.1.0
(21 Jun 2023)
8.0 (LTS) 5 years and 10 months ago
(08 Apr 2018)
Ends in 1 year and 2 months
(30 Apr 2025)
Ends in 2 years
(30 Apr 2026)
8.0.36
(12 Dec 2023)
5.7 8 years ago
(09 Oct 2015)
Ended 3 years ago
(31 Oct 2020)
Ended 3 months and 3 weeks ago
(31 Oct 2023)
5.7.44
(20 Sep 2023)
5.6 11 years ago
(01 Feb 2013)
Ended 5 years and 12 months ago
(28 Feb 2018)
Ended 2 years and 12 months ago
(28 Feb 2021)
5.6.51
(05 Jan 2021)
5.5 13 years ago
(03 Dec 2010)
Ended 8 years ago
(31 Dec 2015)
Ended 5 years ago
(31 Dec 2018)
5.5.63
(21 Dec 2018)

Oracle offers two release streams for MySQL: Innovation and LTS releases.

Innovation releases are similar to MySQL 8.0 continuous development model (< 8.0.34) and include bugfixes, security patches, and new features. Support for Innovation releases is limited until the next minor release (Innovation or LTS). Patch releases within Innovation releases are possible but are less likely to happen. Innovation releases are production-grade quality and can be safely used in production environments.

LTS releases have a 5 year premier and 3 year extended support, the same as the previously supported releases. The last version of a major release cycle will be designated as LTS. (With the exception of 8.0). Features can be removed (& added) only in the first LTS release (e.g., 8.4.0 LTS) but not later.

8.1 is the first Innovation release, and 8.0.34+ (LTS) has transitioned to only bug fixes until 8.0 End-Of-Life (EOL) in April 2026. Around July 2024, the last 8.x release will eventually become LTS to let users to migrate from 8.0.x to the 8.x LTS version.

Release Cadence

  • Innovation releases will likely happen quarterly.
  • About every 2 years a new Long Term Support version will be released. An exception is the 8.x LTS release which will happen well before EOL of 8.0

Support Levels

Oracle’s Lifetime Support Policy has three options:

Premier Support

5 years of updates, fixes (error correction), and security alerts.

Extended Support

3 years of updates, fixes, security alerts, data fixes, and critical patch updates.

Sustaining Support

Any time, beyond the Premier Support period. Support only. No new releases, no new fixes (no error correction for new issues), no new updates. Only pre-existing updates, fixes and alerts are available.

Community Edition

MySQL Community Edition is freely available under GPLv2 licensing. Historically, patches have been released at the same time as for the commercial offerings, but no official commitment is made that such a policy will remain.

More information is available on the MySQL 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:
mysqld --version

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