WordPress 4.9.3 Release Candidate

WordPress 4.9.3 maintenance release fixes 34 issues reported against 4.9 and is scheduled for February 5th. The release candidate is now ready for testing.

Thus far WordPress 4.9 has been downloaded more than 34 million times since its release on November 16, 2017. Please help us by testing this RC to ensure 4.9.3 fixes the reported issues and does not introduce any new ones.

JSHint Removal

One of the important changes is the removal of JSHint from code editor due to its GPL-incompatible license. If your code relies upon JSHint from core, you should update it to include a copy of JSHint. See ticket #42850 for more details.

Changes Since 4.9.3 Beta

Code Editor

  • #42586 Add Ctrl/Cmd+F as aliases for persistent search for more intuitive behaviour.


  • #42450 Ensure customize_autosaved requests only use revision of logged-in user.
  • #42495 Ensure media playlists get initialized after selective refresh; expose new wp.playlist.initialize() API.
  • #42658 Ensure heartbeat keeps changeset locked when in branching mode.
  • #42991 Include nav menu item for Home custom link in search results for "Home".


  • #39859 Avoid page scrolling when opening the media modal.

For a full list of changes see the 4.9.3 Beta posttickets closed, and the changesets committed.