Release Process

GNU Health stable versions (those with even minor number, eg 1. 2.3) are released approximately every 12 months (on a Sunday).

Stages of the Release Process

For each version, around two months before the actual release, GNU Health enters in a feature freeze stage, and a month before, Health enters in code freeze stage. At this moment, a release candidate version is created; and the demo community server updated and the translator teams notified.

Upcoming Release Schedule

The next stable GNU Health HIS node version will be 5.0 based on Trytond 7.0. Estimate dates are the following, subject to changes.


Expected date

Feature freeze

November 19th, 2024

Code freeze & release candidate

December 19th, 2024

Release 5.0.0

January 19th, 2025

Security fixes

The security fixes are not back ported to old releases. We just provide security fixes for the current major release 4.4.


As the project and its resources were growing very much over time we need a checklist to keep an overview what has to be uploaded and updated with any HIS release:

  • Uploads:

    • (Start with release candidates on TestPyPI)

    • PyPI packages for server, its modules, client and plugins

    • Tar ball + signature for the same as above

    • Demo database dump

    • Ansible

    • Virtual Machine image

    • RaspberryPi image

    • RPM/Zypper package

    • Docker image

  • Documentation:

    • Merge future branch with new functionalities

    • Versions in

    • Changelog

    • Roadmap

    • Release Schedule

  • Announcements:

    • Mailing List

    • Matrix

    • Mastodon