When is Rails 6.1 likely to be released?

robzolkos profile image Rob Zolkos ・2 min read

Rails 6.1 contains a lot of nice new features. Some of the ones I'm particularly looking forward to using are ActionView::Components and ActiveStorage public URL's.

Whilst not a definitive guide, sometimes looking at history we can get a glimpse of when a Rails minor release is likely to see the light of day.

I went through each major release of Rails and worked out the number of days between its release date and that of its next minor release.

Rails 3.0 - August 29, 2010
Rails 3.1 - August 31, 2011 (370 days)

Rails 4.0 - June 25, 2013
Rails 4.1 - April 8, 2014 (318 days)

Rails 5.0 - June 30, 2016
Rails 5.1 - April 27, 2017 (332 days)

So the average days between major and the first minor release is 340 days.

Rails 6.0 was released on August 16, 2019.

All things being equal, based on the average, we should see Rails 6.1 on or around July 21, 2020*. There will be release candidates and betas in the weeks prior.

How can you help make Rails 6.1 better (and released sooner) ?

Test out the master branch of Rails in your apps. Report bugs. Help out on the Rails issue tracker.

Should I start a new app with Rails 6.1?

We are ~6months from 6.1 being released (based on my super scientific crystal ball). If you think your app is going to take 6+ months to develop then yes, I would start writing it using 6.1 with the benefits that come from the fixes already there and the new features.

That said, Basecamp, Shopify and Github are all comfortable using Rails master in their apps today!

The more master gets used the better the next point release will be for everyone.

*Pure semi-scientific speculation

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ActionView::Components wont be coming in 6.1

I feel very sad about this.