Drupal 5.0 released

Dries - January 15, 2007 - 12:23

After 8 months of development we are ready to release Drupal 5.0 to the world. Today is also Drupal's 6th birthday, so the timing could not be more perfect. Drupal 4.0 was released in 2002 and finally we feel confident to increase the major version number from 4 to 5.

Drupal powers sites across the web, ranging from the personal weblog of Tim Berners-Lee, podcast sites like TWIT.tv, community driven sites like SpreadFireFox.com, artist communities like Terminus 1525 to large media sites like TheOnion.com, MTV and even sites for NASA.

There have been over 492 contributors to the Drupal 5.0 release submitting 1173 patches, which is 150 more people than our previous record with Drupal 4.7. These new contributions are seen in the major usability improvements, a new Drupal core theme, a web-based installer, and expansion of the Drupal development framework that will afford themers and contributing developers even greater flexibility and power.



What's new

The Drupal 5.0 release contains many improvements, both visible and under the hood. To jump right in, check the videocasts about Drupal 5.0, including "What's new", "Installing" and "Upgrading".

The huge list of changes includes:

Usability improvements

New features added

For developers

Maintenance releases

The Drupal 5 branch will be maintained by Neil Drumm with the help of Dries and Steven. The first maintenance release will be 5.1. Please note that as of now, the Drupal 4.6 branch is no longer maintained, so switching to Drupal 4.7 or 5 is strongly advised.

Installation and upgrading

For instructions on installing or upgrading Drupal, please consult the installation documentation and the instructions carried out by the update.php script.

For support, please consult the support page or read up on other people's experiences in either the installation problems forum or the upgrade problems forum.

Upgrading from Drupal 4.7

For a detailed guide, check the videocast about upgrading to Drupal 5.0.

Upgrading from the Drupal 5.0 release candidates