End of life statements

We aim to have a release every six months. The latest release receives correctness, stability and security updates. The two releases before that get critical updates only.

Older releases are marked end of life and receive no updates at all. Pre-releases do not receive immediate security updates.

The currently supported release train of the PowerDNS Recursor is 4.4.

PowerDNS Recursor 4.3 will only receive critical updates and will be end of life after PowerDNS Recursor 4.6 is released.

PowerDNS Recursor 4.2 will only receive critical updates. It wil be end of life after PowerDNS Recursor 4.5 is released.

PowerDNS Recursor 4.1, 4.0, 3.x, and 2.x are End of Life.

Note: Users with a commercial agreement with PowerDNS.COM BV or Open-Xchange can receive extended support for releases which are End Of Life. If you are such a user, these EOL statements do not apply to you. Please refer to the commercial support commitment for details.

PowerDNS Recursor Release Life Cycle
Version Release date Critical-Only updates End of Life
4.4 October 19 2020 ~ April 2021 EOL ~ April 2022
4.3 March 3 2020 October 19 2020 EOL ~ October 2021
4.2 July 16 2019 October 19 2020 EOL ~ April 2021
4.1 December 4 2017 March 3 2020 EOL October 19 2020
4.0 and older EOL EOL EOL

Note we did not have a very regular release schedule in the past, so the dates for older releases do not follow the pattern described above.