Drupal 7’s end-of-life date moved one year to November 1, 2023

The end-of-life date for Drupal 7 has been pushed back another year. Support for the CMS will not end until November 1, 2023, a year later than originally planned. According to the Drupal Foundation, the software is still overused.

Drupal 7 will be end-of-life from November 1, 2023, the developers of the Drupal Foundation write, but the organization keeps open the possibility to do that even later. The foundation will make that decision in July of that year. The end-of-life date will be re-evaluated annually from then on. “Factors we include in this are community support, use of Drupal 7 and active maintainers,” the developers write.

Drupal 7 is still widely used, according to the makers. A majority of the websites that the cms runs on run on version 7, although Drupal 9 has already been released. “Drupal 9 is well-maintained, secure, stable and feature-packed, but many organizations still rely on Drupal 7,” the makers say. “While these users should be making plans to upgrade to a newer version, it’s irresponsible to leave them vulnerable if they can’t.”

The end-of-life date of Drupal 7 was already pushed back a year last year and was initially not expected to fall to November 28, 2022. Then the developers cited the corona crisis as the reason for the postponement. The makers do not write anything about the eol date for Drupal 8; which seems to remain for the time being on November 2 of this year.