F5 Networks BIG-IP Hardware

BIG-IP software support policy

Updated Date: Apr 24, 2019

Note: The BIG-IP software support policy described in this article also applies to Virtual Edition (VE) releases of the software.

Note: The F5 software support policy described in this article does not apply to the F5 BIG-IP Edge Client and F5 BIG-IP Edge Portal application software delivered through the Apple App Store or Android Market. F5 will support only the latest versions of these client applications.

Software version support of BIG-IP software

The BIG-IP Standard Support phase is characterized by the introduction of new features, as well as security updates, stability improvements, and new hardware support.

Beginning with BIG-IP 12.0.0, F5 has moved to an alternating Major Release/Long-Term Stability Release model:

For Major Releases (x.0.0), the Standard Support phase begins with the first customer ship date of the release and continues for 15 months. When this milestone is reached, the Major Release has reached its End of Software Development (EoSD) and End of Technical Support (EoTS) milestone. BIG-IP ASM attack signature files are updated for major releases until the release reaches its EoSD milestone.

Each x.1.0 release marks the start of the Long-Term Stability Release. The initial release (x.1.0) contains new features, stability improvements, and new hardware support. Subsequent maintenance releases (x.1.1 to x.1.n) address product defects, security fixes, diagnostic and supportability improvements, minor functional improvements, and new hardware support. Software Development support activities will occur only on the latest maintenance release of each Long-Term Stability Release (x.1.latest) while the Long-Term Stability Release is within the Standard Support phase. The Standard Support phase for the Long-Term Stability Release begins with the first customer ship date of the x.1.0 release and extends for five years. BIG-IP ASM attack signature files are updated for maintenance releases until the associated Long-Term Stability Release reaches its EoSD milestone.

Note: For more information about Major, Feature, and Maintenance release numbering, refer to K8986: F5 software lifecycle policy.

At the end of a release’s Standard Support phase, the release enters its EoSD and EoTS milestone. Software versions that have reached their EoSD date are no longer supported with active software development. F5 will not provide software fixes (hotfixes) or consulting services for a version that has reached the EoSD milestone.

For software releases, unless specifically declared and announced by F5, the EoTS date marks the end of the software version’s support phase.

The following tables list the Major Release and Long Term Stability Release versions of BIG-IP software that are currently supported under the policy described in this article.

Note: For more information about specific releases, such as release date and supported platforms, refer to K9412: The BIG-IP release matrix.

Major Release and Long-Term Stability Release versions supported with active software development

Major Release and Long-Term Stability
Release versions
First customer ship End of Software Development End of Technical Support Latest maintenance release
14.1.x December 11, 2018 December 11, 2023 December 11, 2023 14.1.0
14.0.x August 9, 2018 November 9, 2019 November 9, 2019 14.0.0
13.1.x December 19, 2017 December 19, 2022 December 19, 2023 13.1.1
12.1.x May 18, 2016 May 18, 2021 May 18, 2022 12.1.4
11.6.x May 10, 20161 May 10, 2021 May 10, 2022 11.6.4

1BIG-IP 11.6.x has entered the Long-Term Stability Release phase with the release of 11.6.1. All subsequent maintenance releases for BIG-IP 11.6.x are covered by this policy. EoSD and EoTS dates for earlier versions are defined by a previous version of this policy.

Note: EoTS and EoSD will occur on the same date, unless specified otherwise.

Versions that have not yet reached EoTS

Software version or branch First customer ship End of Software Development End of Technical Support
13.0.x February 22, 2017 May 22, 2018 May 22, 2019
11.5.x April 8, 20141 April 8, 2019 April 8, 2020

1BIG-IP 11.5.x has entered the Long-Term Stability Release phase with the release of 11.5.2. All subsequent maintenance releases for BIG-IP 11.5.x are covered by this policy. EoSD and EoTS dates for earlier versions are defined by a previous version of this policy.

Minor and/or maintenance versions not listed in this table are past EoTS and no longer supported.

Branches of BIG-IP software that have reached EoL

The following BIG-IP software version branches have reached their EoTS phase, completing their End of Life (EoL) cycle.

Software version or branch End of Software Development End of Technical Support
11.5.1 April 8, 2018 April 8, 2019
12.0.0 December 2, 2016 December 2, 2017
11.6.0 August 25, 2016 August 25, 2017
11.5.0 January 31, 2016 January 31, 2017
11.4.1 September 17, 2016 September 17, 2017
11.4.0 June 11, 2015 June 11, 2016
11.3.0 December 17, 2014 December 17, 2015
11.2.1 December 31, 2017 December 31, 2018
11.2.0 June 11, 2014 June 11, 2015
11.1.0 November 28, 2013 November 28, 2014
11.0.0 August 24, 2013 August 24, 2014
10.2.4
10.2.3
10.2.2
10.2.1
December 31, 2015 December 31, 2016
10.2.0 December 31, 2012 December 31, 2013
10.1.0 March 1, 2015 March 1, 2016
10.0.1 August 31, 2012 August 31, 2013
10.0.0 March 12, 2011 March 12, 2012
9.4.8 August 31, 2012 August 31, 2013
9.4.7
9.4.6
December 31, 2011 December 31, 2012
9.6.x
9.4.5 and earlier
9.3.x
March 31, 2011 March 31, 2012
9.2.x July 31, 2007 July 31, 2008
9.1.x April 30, 2008 April 30, 2009
9.0.x May 18, 2006 May 18, 2007
4.6.0
4.5.0
December 31, 2008 December 31, 2009
4.2.0 June 30, 2005 June 30, 2006

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