Qt Creator Release Cycle
We aim for 3 Qt Creator minor releases each year.
Each minor release goes through the following stages before the final release date:
- T-8 Weeks: Feature freeze
- T-6 Weeks: Beta release + soft string freeze
- T-4 Weeks: String freeze
- T-2 Weeks: Release candidate
- T-0 Weeks: Final release
These times are approximate and can vary a bit, depending on the state of Qt Creator during the process.
Patch releases can happen after the final release, mostly with the scope of fixing brown paper bag and high priority issues (see also the Qt Creator Submit Policies [qt-project.org]). We do not maintain multiple Qt Creator minor releases in parallel, usually there is no patch release after the beta of the next minor release has been released. Qt Creator’s schedule is not aligned with Qt’s schedule, but we typically
provide a patch release exactly matching Qt releases which is then released at the same time.
The schedule for the next minor is typically set around release time, starting with a period about two months which focuses on feature development for the upcoming release. (During that time there might be patch releases as described above.)
Qt Creator 2.8:
- Freeze wk20 (~May 14 2013)
- Beta + soft string freeze wk22 (~May 28)
- String freeze wk24 (~Jun 11)
- RC wk26 (~Jun 25)
- Release wk28 (~Jul 9)
There’s a Qt Creator Release Checklist for details on what needs to be done for a release.