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WordPress 5.0 will be the major release of 2018, including the new block editor, and the Twenty Nineteen theme.

Release Schedule

November 15, 2017 Trunk is open for business. (Post-4.9)
October 3, 2018 5.0 Kickoff meeting.
October 19, 2018
October 24, 2018
Beta 1 and feature merge deadline.
October 29, 2018 Beta 2
November 2, 2018
November 5, 2018
Beta 3 and soft string freeze.
From this point on, no more commits for any new enhancements or feature requests in this release cycle, only bug fixes and inline documentation. Work can continue on enhancements/feature requests not completed and committed by this point, and can be picked up for commit again at the start of WordPress 5.1.
November 6, 2018
November 12, 2018
Beta 4
November 15, 2018 Beta 5
November 12, 2018
November 19, 2018
November 20, 2018
Release Candidate 1 and hard string freeze.
November 18, 2018
November 26, 2018
December 5, 2018
Dry run for release of WordPress 5.0 and 24 hour code freeze.
November 19, 2018
November 27, 2018
December 6, 2018
Target date for release of WordPress 5.0.


To get involved in WordPress core development, head on over to Trac and pick a 5.0 ticket. Need help? Check out the Core Contributor Handbook. Get your patches done and submitted as soon as possible, then help find people to test the patches and leave feedback on the ticket. Patches for enhancements will not be committed after the dates posted above, so that we can all focus on squashing bugs and  deliver the most bug-free WordPress ever. If you want to dive deeper into 5.0, development is discussed at a weekly meeting in the #core Slack channel and occurs next at Wednesday at 20:00 UTC. Wish us luck!