Joomla 4.1Beta 1 - Proposed new features

The Joomla Project is pleased to announce the availability of the second Joomla 4.1 Beta for testing.

What is this release for?

There are two main goals for Beta releases:

  • Providing developers with the basis to test their extensions
  • Reporting any issues well before the final release

For a complete list of known backward compatibility issues for version 4.1, please see Potential backward compatibility issues in Joomla 4 on the documentation site.

What is this release NOT for?

This beta version of Joomla 4.1 is not suitable for production sites. It is for testing only.

Where to get it?

Download Joomla 4.1.0 Beta2

To always use the latest build of Joomla 4, we invite you to use the nightly build packages (updated every night).

To make it easier for newcomers, you can launch a free Joomla 4 website for testing at

When is the final release due?

Joomla! 4.1 (general availability) is due to be released on or about 15th February 2022. The planned milestones are:


  • 28th September 2021 -  Done
  • 26th October 2021 - Done
  • 23rd November 2021 - Done

Beta (Feature Freeze)

  • 7th December 2021 - Done
  • 21st December 2021 -This release
  • 4th January 2022

Release Candidate (Language Freeze)

  • 18th January
  • 1st February

Stable Release

  • 15th February

Please note that dates may be subject to change depending on the availability of volunteers and circumstances beyond our control.


What’s new in Joomla 4.1?

We are firmly committed to making the next generation of Joomla the best. So far, these are the features that have been committed to version 4.1 so far. See the list below.

What are the plans for Joomla 4.1?

Currently, we are far along the road to Joomla! 4.1. Most of the projects for Joomla! 4.1 are done or nearly done and just need some final testing to be merged.:

  • Accessibility improvement, language support within articles > See here
    => Merged and available
  • Better support for code highlighting in TinyMCE editor > See here
    => Merged and available
  • Enhancement of the Media Manager Web Service > See here
    => Merged and available
  • Child templates > See here
    => Merged and available
  • Task Scheduler (Web cron) for Joomla > See here
    => Merged and available
  • And much more!

The first phase of stabilization started successfully but still, there is much to do. Now we’re reaching the crucial phase we’re depending on you. There are still several untested bug fixes that need your help to make it into 4.1. If you’re a developer you can check out the open 4.1 issues and submit fixes. As announced in the last release note, we’re feature ready now. We will not include any new features in the 4.1 branch from now on. Within the coming weeks, we’ll create a 4.2 branch where new features can be proposed and developed.

There will be one more beta release for testing and stabilizing and then we’re going into release candidate mode (RC) if everything works out as planned.

To learn more about our development strategy, please read this article.

How can you help Joomla 4.1 development?

To help ensure the 4.1 release and our major features are “production-ready”, we need your help testing releases and reporting any bugs you may find at

Most of all, we encourage extension developers to roll up their sleeves, seek out bugs and test their extensions with Joomla 4.1 and communicate their experience.

We would like to remind our users that Joomla 3.10 intends to be the last release of the Joomla 3.x series and will primarily be a release containing backports of API changes from the Joomla 4.x development branch to help ease the transition to the next major release for the community.

We’re focusing on Joomla 4 to make it the best. Therefore, we do not plan to release any more 3.x minor versions - unless it proves to be really essential. All feature proposals should be directed toward the 4.1 release.

Where can I find documentation about Joomla 4?

We have started to provide some tutorials to help you with Joomla 4. We’ll be writing more tutorials to help you understand the significant changes of Joomla 4. You can find the existing ones, like creating a Plugin or a Module for Joomla 4, namespaces conventions, prepared statements, using the new web asset classes and many more here.

We encourage developers to help write the documentation about Joomla 4 on to help and guide users and other extension developers.

A JDocs page will help developers to see the existing documentation, and the documentation still needed.

We invite you to check it regularly, update it and provide the missing content:

Most of the feature documentation will be needed once we have reached Beta (feature freeze).

Should I plan to upgrade to Joomla 4.x?

Joomla 4.x is Joomla’s latest major version.

Joomla 3.10 is released alongside Joomla 4 as the last minor release of Joomla 3 (see this article).

Joomla 3.10 will continue to be supported for two years, giving you plenty of time to plan your migration to Joomla 4 and update your extensions (if required) to become Joomla 4 compatible versions. We will provide resources to help with the migration on the documentation site.

Related information

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