TYPO3 update: branches and versions of the platform

Any software requires timely and professional updates. Versions update is also actual for CMS with open source code, to which TYPO3 belongs. Last update for that system was issued on April 4th together with a stable 8.7.8 version of long time support (LTS).

It’s 8th branch of high quality product of TYPO3 system. There are a lot of resources in the web, based on previous TYPO3 versions from 4th to 6th. Official support of 4th branch was interrupted in 2015, and support of last stable branch of 6.x, caused by PHP 7 launch, was finished last spring with last 6.2.28 release.

Regarding to TYPO3 Association’s plans, 7 LTS version platform will receive security components updates and critical issues fixes until Nov 2018. TYPO3 v7 could be called interim branch, that works on hostings with PHP v. 5.5-7.1 But next branch of system - 8.x will work only with PHP 7.0 and higher.

We recommend all owners of websites powered by TYPO3 of earlier branches to update system to v7LTS. And those who plan global changes or new web-site development would better use TYPO3 v8LTS. This version enables user to update content via smartphone. It’s essential ability for that ones, who need immediate content update without access to workstation.

It’s strongly recommended to check out TYPO3 updates every 2 months at the official web-site https://typo3.org/ or in the repositories and install immediately after launch of the update. You can plan your web site CMS update according to schedule mentioned below.