The Joomla Project is pleased to announce the availability of Joomla 5.0 Alpha 4 for testing.
The first in the 5.x series of Joomla! Taking all that's good in Joomla 4.x and taking it to the next level. Making Joomla Fast, accessible, secure, extendable and Yours
What is this release for?
There are two main goals for Alpha releases:
- Providing developers with the basis to test their extensions and reporting any issues well before the final release
- Allowing users to discover the new features introduced to Joomla 5.0
For a complete list of known backward compatibility issues for version 5.0, please see Potential backward compatibility issues in Joomla 5 on the documentation site.
What is this release NOT for?
This alpha version of Joomla 5.0 is not suitable for production sites. It is for testing only.
Where to get it?
To always use the latest build of Joomla 5, we invite you to use the nightly build packages (updated every night).
When is the final release due?
Joomla! 5.0 (general availability) is due to be released on or about 17th October 2023. The planned milestones are:
Where new features are added, and many changes are made.
Dates need to be changed
- Alpha 1: 30th May 2023 - Done
- Alpha 2: 27th June 2023 - Done
- Alpha 3: 25th July 2023 - Done
- Alpha 4: 22nd August 2023 - This release
In the Beta stage, we are making a freeze on what features can be added, but minor changes to what is already in can be made.
- Beta 1: 5th September 2023
- Beta 2: 19th September 2023
When in the release candidate phase, no more can be added or changed. We are testing and bug fixing, making the product stable for launch day.
- Release candidate 1: 3rd October 2023
- Final release: 17th October 2023
This whole process relies on people coming forward to help make it happen.
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 5.0 Alpha 4?
- Mainly stabilization
- Indexing Contact Images in Smart Search
- Convert of events from simple events to event classes
- Introducing a new Joomla modal dialog replacing Boostrap dialog
- Toolbar is now available in HTMLDocument
- CodeMirror is now used in tinymce again
- Deprecation fixes for php 8.2
- Many improvements to Schema.org implementation
Already included from Alpha 1, 2 and 3?
- All changes from 4.4
- JS Import map Support for Web Asset Manager
- Remove es5 support #39618
- Add the possibility serving Joomla from a public folder #40509
- Allow custom modules for error messages in cassiopeia and default template
- Internal code restructure to use more modern APIs
- Tinymce 6.1
- Fontawesome 6.4
- Webauthn Library has been updated
- Many Smart Search improvements (Debugging, Additional Taxonomy options, Indexing custom fields)
- Codemirror 6 #41070
- Backward Compatibility Plugin #40664
- Allow to order the Backend Menu #38149
- And many more!
We are firmly committed to making the next generation of Joomla the best. So far, these are the first features that have been committed to version 5.0. We expect to commit other features for the coming alpha releases.
What are the plans for Joomla 5.0?
Currently, we’re at the start of the journey of Joomla! 5.0. With Joomla! 5.0 as a new major version we plan to create a cleaned-up foundation for the future of Joomla!. There are several projects which, with your help, could become part of Joomla! 5.0, if they are release-ready by Joomla 5.0 Beta:
- Update the system requirements to PHP 8.1 & MySQL 8.0.13+, MariaDB 10.4+ and PostgreSQL 12+
- Bootstrap 5.3
- Codemirror 6
- B/C plugin for deprecations - #40664
- Joomla! Cookie Manager - Project Repository
- Different SEO improvements - Project Repository
- Heavily code cleanups - Check PRs
- (optional) Several Rector rules to support 3rd party developers (
To learn more about our development strategy, please read this article.
How can you help Joomla 5.0 to develop?
To help ensure the 5.0 release and our major features are “production-ready”, we need your help testing releases and reporting any bugs you may find at issues.joomla.org.
Most of all, we encourage extension developers to roll up their sleeves, seek out bugs and test their extensions with Joomla 5.0 and communicate their experience.
Where can I find documentation about Joomla 5?
There are some tutorials to help you with 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 in https://docs.joomla.org/Category:Joomla!_5.x
We encourage developers to help write the documentation about Joomla 5 on docs.joomla.org 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: https://docs.joomla.org/JDOC:Joomla_4_Tutorials_Project
Most of the feature documentation will be needed once we have reached Beta (feature freeze).
If you are an extension developer, please make sure you subscribe to the general developer mailing list, where you can discuss extension development. News that may affect custom development will also be posted there from time to time.
- Working with the Joomla Feature Tracker
- General developer mailing list
- Joomla developer network
- Joomla and UI framework