WordPress 5.2 “Jaco” was released on May 7, 2019.

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WordPress 5.2 will be the second major release of 2019, with plans to include Site Health Check, PHP error protection, the all new block directory, and update package signing.

Release Schedule

February 18, 2019 Trunk is open for business. (Post-5.1)
March 21, 2019
March 22, 2019
March 27, 2019
Beta 1 and feature merge deadline

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 5.3.

April 8, 2019 Beta 2
April 11, 2019 Beta 3 and soft string freeze.
April 17, 2019
April 25, 2019
Release Candidate 1 and hard string freeze.
April 30, 2019
May 7, 2019
Target date for release of WordPress 5.2.


To get involved in WordPress core development, head on over to Trac and pick a 5.2 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 5.2, development is discussed at a weekly meeting in the #core Slack channel and occurs next at Wednesday at 21:00 UTC. Wish us luck!