There Will Never Be a Drupal 9

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There Will Never Be a Drupal 9

Yes, that's a big statement in the title, so let me explain.

Lots of OSTraining customers are looking into Drupal 8 and they have questions about Drupal 8's future. If they invest in the platform today, how long will that investment last? 

This is just my personal opinion, but I think an investment in Drupal 8 will last a long, long time.

Drupal 8 took five years. It was a mammoth undertaking, and no-one in the Drupal community has the energy for a similar re-write. Drupal 9, if it ever does arrive, will be a far smaller update.

We're seeing Drupal developers get comfortable with much smaller releases. Drupal 8.1 arrived in April and had new features including, migration improvements and the BigPipe module.

The Beta version of Drupal 8.2 has arrived. The aim with 8.2 is to stabilize some experimental modules, plus improve workflow and usability.

Usability improvements for blocks may arrive with Drupal 8.3.

There's already talk of a new core theme with Drupal 8.4.

So, Drupal is adjusting successfully to the new reality. Big releases are probably history. Drupal's future is in regular, small, backwards-compatible releases.

And Drupal 9? We're more likely to see Drupal 8.9 before we see Drupal 9. And that's a good thing for Drupal.

Update: Gábor Hojtsy, who lead Drupal 8's multilingual initiative,wrote a response. Gabor's ideas sound similar to the ideas in this article, "the first Drupal 9 release could be the same as the last Drupal 8 release with the cruft removed."


About the author

Steve is the founder of OSTraining. Originally from the UK, he now lives in Sarasota in the USA. He was a teacher for many years before starting OSTraining. Steve wrote the best-selling Drupal and Joomla books.