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Release Schedule of Current Database Releases (Doc ID 742060.1)

Last updated on NOVEMBER 17, 2023

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Oracle Database Cloud Exadata Service
Oracle Database - Personal Edition - Version 11.2.0.3 and later
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Oracle Database - Standard Edition - Version 11.2.0.3 and later
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Information in this document applies to any platform.

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Oracle Database Release Roadmap

There are two types of Oracle Database releases: Long Term Release and Innovation Release.

Oracle Database Long Term releases are ideal for use cases that benefit from less frequent upgrades to newer releases. Long Term Releases offer the highest level of stability and the longest length of error correction support. These releases have at least 5 years of Premier Support followed by 3 years of Extended Support. As necessary, Oracle may extend the Premier Support period or waive the Extended Support fee. When combined with Extended Support, customers typically have 4 or more years to upgrade from one Long Term release to the next Long Term release.

In between Oracle Database Long Term releases, Oracle delivers Oracle Database Innovation releases that include many enhancements and new capabilities which will also be included in the next Long Term release. Innovation releases are designed to enable customers to continuously use leading-edge technologies to rapidly develop or deploy new applications or augment existing applications. Support for Innovation releases includes at least 2 years of Premier Support and there will be no Extended Support or exceptions. Production workloads can be deployed on Innovation releases if upgrading to the next database release within one year after the next database release ships is factored into the deployment plan.

To help you plan ahead, below is a visual roadmap that captures Oracle Database Releases from 11.2 onward, showing the lifetime support stages (Premier, Extended, etc.) and the Error Correction windows for each release.  Note, not all releases are eligible for Extended Support (i.e. 12.2.0.1, 18c).

 

Figure 1 - Database Release Roadmap 

Oracle is mindful of the unprecedented economic and business disruption our customers faced in 2020. We decided to not promote our Database 20c Preview version to General Availability. Instead, we incorporated all of the 20c functionality into the 21c release and made 21c available initially in our Autonomous Database Free Tier so that all can test drive the new features and enhancements for free.

 

Table 1 - Patching End Dates for Roadmap

ReleasePatching End Date

Notes and Exceptions

 23c

Long Term Release

 April 2032
  • Initially available on OCI Base Database Service. Will become available on other platforms (cloud and on-premises) starting 1H CY2024. 

21c

Innovation Release

 April 30, 2024

  • Error Correction / Patching is available until April 30, 2024
  • 21c is not eligible for Extended Support (ES)
  • Only quarterly Release Updates (RUs) are provided for 21c. 
  • 21c is not available with Exadata Database Service

19c

Long Term Release

 April 30, 2026 with no ES/ULA

April 30, 2027 with ES/ULA

  • Premier Support (PS) ends April 30, 2024, two years of waived Extended Support (ES) fees will be in effect from May 1, 2024 until April 30, 2026. Fees will be required beginning May 01, 2026 through April 30, 2027
  • Error Correction / Patching is available through April 30, 2027 with paid ES. Without paid ES, patching is only available until April 30, 2026 
  • Beginning with the October 2022 patching cycle, 19c RURs will no longer be provided for 19.17.0 and above. No additional RURs will be delivered on any platform after the delivery of Oracle Database 19c RUR 19.16.2 in January 2023.  (Refer to Sunsetting of 19c RURs and FAQ (Doc ID 2898381.1) for further details.)
    To provide customers more frequent access to recommended and well-tested collections of patches, Oracle is pleased to introduce Monthly Recommended Patches (MRPs) starting Nov 2022. MRPs are supported only on the Linux x86-64 platform. (Refer to Introducing Monthly Recommended Patches (MRPs) and FAQ (Doc ID 2898740.1) for further details.)

18c

Innovation Release

 

Jun 30, 2021

  • Error Correction / Patching was available until Jun 30, 2021. 18c is now in Sustaining Support.
  • 18c is not eligible for Extended Support (ES)

12.2.0.1

March 31, 2022 

Restricted Upgrade Support Jan 1, 2024- Dec 31, 2024   Contact CSS for details

  • Error Correction / Patching has ended for this release.
  • 12.2.0.1 is not eligible for Extended Support (ES)

12.1.0.2

Terminal Release

Jul 31, 2022 with paid ES, ULA, or EBS waiver

Upgrade Support (restricted/custom) through Dec 31, 2024 - contact CSS for details

  • Error Correction / Patching has ended for this release.
  • Premier Support (PS) ended Jul 31, 2018 and one year of free Extended Support (ES) was in effect until July 31, 2019.
  • ES fees or a ULA was required beginning 01-Aug-2019 through 31-Jul-2022. Without paid ES or ULA, patching ended 31-Jul-2019.  
  • A global ES uplift fee waiver was in place for E-Business customers.  For details and dates of expiration see: Extended Support Fee Waiver for Oracle Database 12.1 and 11.2 for Oracle E-Business Suite (Doc ID 2522948.1) or Technical Support Policy Document.
  • Apple Macintosh platform patching end date (Error Correction end date) was July 31, 2021. 
  • Microsoft Windows: Regardless of the version used to run the 12.1.0.2 Database, Oracle built the 12.1.0.2 Database on Microsoft Windows 2008.  This platform reached end-of-life support on January 14, 2020. Oracle made reasonable efforts to deliver patches for the Database 12.1.0.2 on Windows until July 2022 but that support has expired. 

12.1.0.1

Aug 31, 2016

  • Error Correction / Patching has ended for this release.
  • 12.1.0.1 is not eligible for Extended Support (ES)
  • 12.1.0.1 was the last release of Standard Edition (SE) and Standard Edition One (SE1)

11.2.0.4

Terminal Release for 11.2

Dec 31, 2020 (with paid Extended Support or ULA Extended Support or EBS Waiver)

Upgrade Support (restricted/custom) through Dec 31, 2024 - contact CSS for details



Dec 31, 2021 for the OpenVMS platform

 

 

  • Premier Support (PS) ended 31-Jan-2015 and one year of free Extended Support (ES) was in effect until Dec 31, 2018.
  • ES fees or a ULA was required beginning Jan 1, 2019 through Dec 31, 2020.
  • A global Extended Support Uplift Fee waiver in place for E-Business customers.  For details and dates of expiration see: Extended Support Fee Waiver for Oracle Database 12.1 and 11.2 for Oracle E-Business Suite (Doc ID 2522948.1) or Technical Support Policy Document.
  • Gen 1 and Gen 2 ExaCC, OCC DBCS, OCI DBCS,OCI ExaCS and ODA had 3 additional months of Extended Support. The end of Extended Support for 11.2.0.4 databases on these platforms was: 31-March 2021. New instances could be created up until the end of extended support; however, Oracle made no commitment that any 11.2.0.4 DBCS instances will continue to run after the end of Support.
  • Market Driven Support was only available for the following Database Cloud Services: Gen 1 and Gen 2 ExaCC, OCC DBCS, OCI DBCS (non-PSM), OCI ExaCS.  New instances could be created up until the end of Market Driven Support.  Oracle made no commitment that any 11.2.0.4 DBCS instances would continue to run after the end of MDS support. Market Driven Support was not available for PSM-based OCI DBCS, OCI-C DBCS and OCI-C ExaCS.

  • 11.2.0.4 is the terminal release on OpenVMS. During calendar year 2021, customers received Severity 1 Fixes and Security Updates for no additional charge beyond standard Premier Support costs. Coverage did not extend to new certifications, third-party products, or any Java/JDK functionality including Java components embedded in the database. Coverage also excluded any updates related to cryptography and network encryption. This offering did not include standard Security Patch Updates (SPUs).

 

 


Recommended Upgrade Path

 Oracle recommends the following upgrade options:

For questions related to certification combinations and Lifetime Support agreements with other Oracle products like Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle JD Edwards, Oracle PeopleSoft, and Oracle Siebel, please contact your Oracle Account Representative.


Oracle Database Release Schedule

These are server releases unless otherwise specified. Server releases always include the native word size client (e.g. 64-bit). Where the platform supports it, a 32-bit and 64-bit client is also part of the release.

Table 2 - Database Release Schedule

Platform

23c

Long Term Release

21c

Innovation Release

19c

Long Term Release

18c 12.2.0.112.1.0.212.1.0.111.2.0.4

Oracle Public Cloud Releases

Exadata Express Cloud Service Not Planned Not Planned Not Planned Not Planned 18-Sep-2016 N/A

Base Database Service1

(Previously known as: Database Cloud Service)

19-Sep-2023

08-Dec-2020

available on VM (RAC or single-instance)

and Bare Metal (single-instance)

OCI DB System - VM: Jul-2019

OCI DB System - Bare Metal: April 2020

1-Mar-2018 4-Nov-2016 Sep-2014 N/A Sep-2014 

Exadata Database Service on Dedicated Infrastructure1

(Previously known as: Exadata Cloud Service)

CY2024 N/A 19-Jun-2019 Jun-2018 4-Nov-2016 Oct-2015 N/A Oct-2015 

Gen 1 Exadata Cloud at Customer1

(Previously known as: Exadata Cloud at Customer)

N/A N/A 17-Sep-2019 May-2018 2-May-2017 Dec-2016 N/A
Exadata Database Service on Cloud at Customer 2 CY2024 N/A 17-Sep-2019 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Autonomous Database on Dedicated Exadata Infrastructure 2
CY2024 N/A 26-Jun-2019 N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A
Autonomous Database on Exadata Cloud at Customer 2
CY2024 N/A 08-Jul-2020 N/A  N/A  N/A N/A
Autonomous Database on Shared Exadata Infrastructure 2
CY2024 N/A 15-Mar-2020 18-Mar-2018 N/A N/A N/A

On-Premises Engineered Systems

(Same software as released for other platforms but tested on Engineered Systems)
Oracle Database Appliance CY2024 16-Sep-2021 16-Oct-2019 7-Mar-2018 17-Nov-2017 Apr 2014 N/A Oct 2013  
Exadata 1H CY2024 13-Aug-2021 13-Feb-2019 16-Feb-2018 10-Feb-2017 Oct 2014 Mar 2013 Nov 2013  
Supercluster TBA N/A

26-Apr-2019

12-Mar-2018 10-Feb-2017 Nov 2014 Apr 2014 Dec 2013  

On-Premises Server Releases (includes client)

(Download here)

Linux x86 Not Planned Not Planned Not planned Not planned Not planned Not planned Not planned 28-Aug-2013
Linux x86-64 1H CY2024 13-Aug-2021 25-Apr-2019 23-Jul-2018 1-Mar-2017 22-Jul-2014 25-Jun-2013 27-Aug-2013
Linux on Arm TBA Not Planned 28-June-2023 Not Planned Not Planned Not Planned Not Planned Not Planned
Oracle Solaris SPARC (64-bit) TBA Not Planned 26-Apr-2019 30-Jul-2018 1-Mar-2017 22-Jul-2014 25-Jun-2013 29-Aug-2013
Oracle Solaris x86-64 (64-bit) Platform de-supported Platform de-supported

07-Nov-2019

Terminal Release

6-Aug-2018 1-Mar-2017 22-Jul-2014 25-Jun-2013 29-Aug-2013
Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit) TBA 08-Oct-2021 08-Jun-2019 21-Aug-2018 16-Mar-2017 25-Sep-2014 9-Jul-2013 25-Oct-2013
OpenVMS Itanium Platform de-supported Platform de-supported Platform de-supported Platform de-supported Platform de-supported Platform de-supported Platform de-supported Terminal Release
HP-UX Itanium
TBA 28-Sept-2021 28-May-2019 20-Nov -2018 13-Apr-2017 14-Nov-2014 9-Jan-2014 10-Oct-2013

HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit)

Platform de-supported Platform de-supported Platform de-supported Platform de-supported Platform de-supported Platform de-supported Platform de-supported 2-Jan-2014
IBM AIX on POWER Systems TBA See DOC ID 2766930.1 28-May-2019 20-Nov -2018 13-Apr-2017 14-Nov-2014 9-Jan-2014 10-Oct-2013
IBM Linux on System z TBA See DOC ID 2766930.1 06-June-2019 20-Nov -2018 6-Jun-2017 14-Nov-2014 9-Jan-2014 9-Jan-2014
Microsoft Windows (32-bit) Not Planned Client Only - Oct 2021

Client only - June 2019

Not planned Not planned Not planned Not planned 25-Oct-2013
Platform 23c 21c191812.2.0.112.1.0.212.1.0.111.2.0.4

Instant Client-Only Releases

Apple macOS (Intel) download
     10-Sept-2019  Mar-2018 15-Jan-2018 2016 Not planned 20-Apr-2014
Download

IBM Linux on POWER (Big Endian)

 

          18-Dec-2015 (download)   4-Dec-2014

IBM Linux on POWER (Little Endian)

download

   

 Jul-2019

download

31-Oct-2018
(download)

7-Jun-2017 (download) 18-Dec-2015
(download)
   

Linux on Arm

 

   Not Planned

May-2021

download

         

Oracle Base Database Service (formerly Oracle Database Cloud Service) and Exadata Database Service (formerly Exadata Cloud Service and Exadata Cloud@Customer) follow the same support life and error correction schedule as on-premises dates unless otherwise noted in Table 1 above (for example, 11.2.0.4 MDS). Also, Extended Support is bundled with both the license-included and BYOL versions of these services and does not require additional fees. These services will not be covered under Sustaining Support and Oracle makes no commitment that any cloud service instances will continue to run after the end of their support life (Premier, extended, error correction, or MDS).  We will not disable any installed databases upon the expiration of support, but the underlying infrastructure will continue to be updated. The infrastructure updates may render the unpatched databases inoperable. We make no commitment as to how long any unpatched databases will continue to run.

Oracle's current plan for Oracle Autonomous Database - Shared Exadata Infrastructure, Oracle Autonomous Database - Dedicated Exadata Infrastructure, Autonomous Database on Exadata Cloud@Customer services is to support Long Term Release versions for a similar period of time found for those major releases when deployed on-premises. The intent of this plan is to provide stability of service experience for the thousands of critical database deployments found in Oracle Cloud. Additionally, we will at times make available Innovation Releases as part of the Autonomous Database Cloud Services. Innovation Releases, when provided, will be supported for a shorter period of time as compared to a Long Term Release, similar to what is found for those releases when deployed on-premises. Oracle reserves the right to change this plan with changing business requirements. Any change will take into account that stability is of utmost importance to Oracle's many thousands of mission critical deployments.

References for Client-Only:
https://www.oracle.com/technetwork/database/enterprise-edition/downloads/oracle19c-linux-5462157.html
https://www.oracle.com/technetwork/database/enterprise-edition/downloads/oracle19c-windows-5539283.html

32-bit Linux & Windows Instant Clients,

https://www.oracle.com/database/technologies/instant-client/linux-x86-32-downloads.html

https://www.oracle.com/database/technologies/instant-client/microsoft-windows-32-downloads.html

 

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 What's New
 
 
 Oracle Database Release Roadmap
 Recommended Upgrade Path
 Oracle Database Release Schedule
 Oracle Public Cloud Releases
 On-Premises Engineered Systems
 On-Premises Server Releases (includes client)
 Instant Client-Only Releases
Actions
Contacts
 Change History (2020-2022)
References

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