Red Hat Enterprise Linux Release Dates

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The tables below list the major and minor Red Hat Enterprise Linux updates, their release dates, and the kernel versions that shipped with them.

Red Hat does not generally disclose future release schedules.
Refer to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux Life Cycle Policy for details on the life cycle of Red Hat Enterprise Linux releases.

To find your Red Hat Enterprise Linux release please:

$ cat /etc/redhat-release

To find your kernel version please:

$ uname -a

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8

Release General Availability Date redhat-release Errata Date* Kernel Version
RHEL 8.4 2021-05-18 2021-05-18 RHSA-2021:1578 4.18.0-305
RHEL 8.3 2020-11-03 2020-11-03 RHBA-2020:4495 4.18.0-240
RHEL 8.2 2020-04-28 2020-04-28 RHBA-2020:1758 4.18.0-193
RHEL 8.1 2019-11-05 2019-11-05 RHBA-2019:3543 4.18.0-147
RHEL 8 2019-05-07 - 4.18.0-80

Codename: Ootpa (is based on Fedora 28, upstream Linux kernel 4.18, systemd 239, and GNOME 3.28.)

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7

Release General Availability Date redhat-release Errata Date* Kernel Version
RHEL 7.9 2020-09-29 2020-09-29 RHBA-2020:3849 3.10.0-1160
RHEL 7.8 2020-03-31 2020-03-31 RHBA-2020:1033 3.10.0-1127
RHEL 7.7 2019-08-06 2019-08-06 RHBA-2019:2351 3.10.0-1062
RHEL 7.6 2018-10-30 2018-10-30 RHBA-2018:3014 3.10.0-957
RHEL 7.5 2018-04-10 2018-04-10 RHEA-2018:0700 3.10.0-862
RHEL 7.4 2017-07-31 2017-07-31 RHBA-2017:1850 3.10.0-693
RHEL 7.3 2016-11-03 2016-11-03 RHEA-2016-2544 3.10.0-514
RHEL 7.2 2015-11-19 2015-11-19 RHEA-2015:2461 3.10.0-327
RHEL 7.1 2015-03-05 2015-03-05 RHEA-2015:0524 3.10.0-229
RHEL 7.0 GA 2014-06-09 - 3.10.0-123
RHEL 7.0 Beta 2013-12-11 - 3.10.0-54.0.1

Codename: Maipo (based on a mix of Fedora 19, Fedora 20, and several modifications)

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6

Release General Availability Date redhat-release Errata Date* Kernel Version
RHEL 6.10 2018-06-19 2018-06-19 RHBA-2018:1856 2.6.32-754
RHEL 6.9 2017-03-21 2017-03-21 RHSA-2017:0817 2.6.32-696
RHEL 6.8 2016-05-10 2016-05-10 RHSA-2016:0855-1 2.6.32-642
RHEL 6.7 2015-07-22 2015-07-22 RHEA-2015:1423 2.6.32-573
RHEL 6.6 2014-10-14 2014-10-13 RHEA-2014:1608 2.6.32-504
RHEL 6.5 2013-11-21 2013-11-20 RHSA-2013:1645-2 2.6.32-431
RHEL 6.4 2013-02-21 2013-02-21 RHSA-2013-0496 2.6.32-358
RHEL 6.3 2012-06-20 2012-06-19 RHSA-2012-0862 2.6.32-279
RHEL 6.2 2011-12-06 2011-12-06 RHEA-2011:1743 2.6.32-220
RHEL 6.1 2011-05-19 2011-05-19 RHEA-2011:0540 2.6.32-131.0.15
RHEL 6.0 2010-11-09 - 2.6.32-71

Codename: Santiago (based on a mix of Fedora 12, Fedora 13, and several modifications)

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5

Release General Availability Date redhat-release Errata Date* Kernel Version
RHEL 5.11 2014-09-16 2014-09-16 RHEA-2014-1238 2.6.18-398
RHEL 5.10 2013-10-01 2013-09-30 RHEA-2013-1311 2.6.18-371
RHEL 5.9 2013-01-07 2013-01-07 RHEA-2013-0021 2.6.18-348
RHEL 5.8 2012-02-20 2012-02-20 RHEA-2012:0315 2.6.18-308
RHEL 5.7 2011-07-21 2011-07-20 RHEA-2011:0977 2.6.18-274
RHEL 5.6 2011-01-13 2011-01-12 RHEA-2011:0020 2.6.18-238
RHEL 5.5 2010-03-30 2010-03-30 RHEA-2010:0207 2.6.18-194
RHEL 5.4 2009-09-02 2009-09-02 RHEA-2009:1400 2.6.18-164
RHEL 5.3 2009-01-20 2009-01-20 RHEA-2009:0133 2.6.18-128
RHEL 5.2 2008-05-21 2008-05-20 RHEA-2008:0436 2.6.18-92
RHEL 5. 1 2007-11-07 2007-11-07 RHEA-2007:0854 2.6.18-53
RHEL 5.0 2007-03-15 - 2.6.18-8

Codename: Tikanga (based on Fedora Core 6)

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4

Release/Update General Availability Date redhat-release Errata Date* Kernel Version
RHEL 4 Update 9 2011-02-16 2011-02-16 RHEA-2011:0251 2.6.9-100
RHEL 4 Update 8 2009-05-19 2009-05-18 RHEA-2009:1002 2.6.9-89
RHEL 4 Update 7 2008-07-29 2008-07-24 RHEA-2008:0769 2.6.9-78
RHEL 4 Update 6 2007-11-15 2007-11-15 RHBA-2007:0897 2.6.9-67
RHEL 4 Update 5 2007-05-01 2007-04-27 RHBA-2007:0196 2.6.9-55
RHEL 4 Update 4 2006-08-10 2006-08-10 RHBA-2006:0601 2.6.9-42
RHEL 4 Update 3 2006-03-12 2006-03-07 RHBA-2006:0149 2.6.9-34
RHEL 4 Update 2 2005-10-05 2005-10-05 RHEA-2005:786 2.6.9-22
RHEL 4 Update 1 2005-06-08 2005-06-08 RHEA-2005:318 2.6.9-11
RHEL 4 GA 2005-02-15 - 2.6.9-5

Codename: Nahant (based on Fedora Core 3)

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3

Release/Update General Availability Date Kernel Version
RHEL 3 Update 9 2007-06-20 2.4.21-50
RHEL 3 Update 8 2006-07-20 2.4.21-47
RHEL 3 Update 7 2006-03-17 2.4.21-40
RHEL 3 Update 6 2005-09-28 2.4.21-37
RHEL 3 Update 5 2005-05-18 2.4.21-32
RHEL 3 Update 4 2004-12-12 2.4.21-27
RHEL 3 Update 3 2004-09-03 2.4.21-20
RHEL 3 Update 2 2004-05-12 2.4.21-15
RHEL 3 Update 1 2004-01-16 2.4.21-9
RHEL 3 GA 2003-10-22 2.4.21-4

Codename: Taroon (based on Red Hat Linux 9)

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1

Release/Update General Availability Date Kernel Version
RHEL 2.1 Update 7 2005-04-28 -
RHEL 2.1 Update 6 2004-12-13 2.4.9-e.57
RHEL 2.1 Update 5 2004-08-18 2.4.9-e.49
RHEL 2.1 Update 4 2004-04-21 2.4.9-e.40
RHEL 2.1 Update 3 2004-12-19 2.4.9-e.34
RHEL 2.1 Update 2 2003-03-29 2.4.9-e.24
RHEL 2.1 Update 1 2003-02-14 2.4.9-e.12
RHEL 2.1 GA 2002-03-23 2.4.9-e.3

Codename: Pensacola (AS) / Panama (ES) (based on Red Hat Linux 7.2)

* Helpful when cloning channels in Satellite for a minor version plus all errata prior to the next minor release using spacewalk-clone-by-date or the webUI.


for example

1. install RHEL 5.3 from install image ISO.

2. install kernel-2.6.18-194-*.rpm (yum install kernel-2.6.18-194-... or rpm -ivh kernel-2.6.18-194-... or ...)

Does lsb_release shows "RHEL 5.5" ? or "5.4" or ....

Can I detect "RHEL 5.x" from kernel version?

Gary, this great...I always asked the Question of Red Hat folks, "How can you tell what kernel version equates into a RHEL version"? SO this was a great, I see you monitor this site fairly regularly.

Thanks, Mike from MIT

can any one please tell me, will toplink 12 C version supports in RedHat 4 ? or Which version of toplink can run in Redhat 4?

Any updates on the 5.10 release dates? I see the beta is now available. We are planning our upgrade process from 5.8 to 5.9 but if 5.10 will be out soon we will put that on hold and go directly to 5.10.


No release date announced at this stage but stay tuned.

Hello David, do you know how we can know when the next rhel release it's ready?

Hi Julie,

There are a number of ways to keep up to date on new version releases. You could subscribe to updates of this page by clicking the "Follow" link to the right side and selecting "Follow this page" or more options. You can also use our new Discussions community and watch for announcements about new version releases. If you use social media you can follow Red Hat Support on Facebook or Twitter Major announcements are also posted on the Customer Portal homepage

Please update the table with Rhel version 5.10. Update one of my systems. This was the result:
cat /etc/redhat-release
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server release 5.10 (Tikanga)

Do we know when RHEL7 will be released?

No firm dates are pinned down just yet, but according to a Ronald Pacheco, a Senior Technology Product Manager for Red Hat, "the plans are to put out a beta at the end of the calendar year".

Please update the table with Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server release 6.5 (Santiago)2.6.32-431.el6.x86_64

Trying to install drivers for 3Ware 9650SE but keep getting driver disk invalid for this release of Redhat Enterprise Linux. Here is the specs of my server that I am trying to put Redhat Enterprise Linux 6 64bit on.

SuperMicro Server Board
Intel Xeon Quad Core 3.2 Ghz, E3-1230 Processor
32 GB DDR3 1333 EEC Server Memory
Super Multi CD/DVD Burner
Dual 10/100/1000 Hardwire Network
3ware PCI Express Multilane Raid 5 Controller
3 - 1 TB Hard drives for Raid 5

Can anyone help a newbie out.


Clay, could you please post this into a new discussion?



we are parsing this page to determine RHEL version from a kernel version, and it worked well until now. But the RHEL 5.11 shows mismatch, because the initial releases kernel is 2.6.18-398*, but the latest update is suddendly 2.6.18-400*. Do anyone know why this happened?


RHEL 5 is now in Production Phase 3 so there's no ongoing "Z stream" to update, we just release new package versions. The same kernel versioning scheme was seen when RHEL4 entered Prod 3 as well.

Hi Jamie,

Thank you for the explanation, I will update our scripts to handle this case...


when RHEL7 Update 2 will be released ?

RHEL 7.2 Beta was released on September 2. Please give it a try and provide us with your feedback.

Will Linux kernel 4.0 in RHEL 8 or RHEL 7.2?


No. As you can see from kernel versions listed above, the RHEL Major release fixes on a specific kernel version for long term support in order to maintain the ABI stability/compatibility promise to our customer as documented in the Top Support Policies article.

That said, Red Hat backports a very significant amount of new features, bug and security fixes from newer kernels into the version chosen for the given Major release. So in the case of RHEL 7.x, the kernel version chosen for long term support is kernel-3.10.0. The Red Hat specific change version comes after the hyphen "-" and denotes all of the changes that Red Hat has added or backported into this long term version. So please do not think of the Red Hat kernel as being "old" or "stale" as it will evolve significantly over the course of the RHEL 7 lifecycle, yet retain its compatibility that customers and partners expect over its 10 year lifecycle.


My apologies but I missed part of your question. Likely RHEL 8 would include either kernel 4.0 or a future kernel version.

Also it is worth noting that the increment to kernel 4.0 was not based on significant changes or features, but rather a sense of humor that Linus Torvalds did not like large version numbers.

We finalize kernel versions for major releases around the time we prepare to go into beta and that is based on the feature set present. Also, as Terry noted, it's really more than the kernel version and the features within it because we backport features and fixes to the kernel we decide on and harden it so that we can provide you with a 10 year KABI and ABI.

Given that we launch major releases ~every 3.5 years and that we launched RHEL 7 in June 2014, it's a bit early. What would be helpful is to hear what features you believe are needed over the next few years so that we can start to investigate them now.

strange update date this page. 1 jan 1970. So is this information current?

Check the update date of this article, it is very confusing, 1-jan-1970

Is there any news on if/when Red Hat 5.12 will be released?

RHEL 5.12 is not going to happen. 5.11 has been announced to be the last maintenance release.

Do you have a link to the announcement?

As explained in the RHEL Life Cycle Policy, 'Minor releases with updated installation images may be made available in this Phase'. However, there is currently no new minor release planned for RHEL 5.

Therefore, RHEL 5 will simply continue to receive the qualified security and bugfix errata as described in the policy during Production Phase 3 of its life cycle. You might also be interested in reviewing the life cycle dates section of the policy to understand when Phase 3 ends.

There is no official posting of this as the decision could change but this is the current status. I confirmed this with our Product Management team before posting this.

how can I have a list of all kernels of 6.8 for example? I mean, a list of all 2.6.32-642* which belongs to 6.8.

i am using 2.6.18-416.el5 kernel but i dont see that version here. what release would be for kernel version beyond 2.6.18-398?

This article does not list kernel 2.6.18-419.el5 for RHEL 5.11 , is there a later one.

Once a release is in "Extended Life Phase" of the product lifecycle, we no longer release more minor versions, nor do we update the kernel series listed above, we just release later-numbered kernel packages.

Listing all those updates is beyond the scope of this article, this article lists the initial release date of new major/minor versions only.

You can always check the latest version of a package with yum list available or with the Downloads section of this customer portal website.

Where I found the next releases dates? Minor versions RHEL 7.7 and Major versions 8.0

Nowhere, since there is no release date set yet. Only past releases are specified here.

But both versions will probably be out by Q3/19.

Lacks on information on RHEL7 alternate platforms (ARM, Power) which have a different Kernel version from x86

You can find that information on the kernel package info page:

Hello, why don't you show the latest patch level also ? (ie 9.1 for 3.10.0-1062)

Edit: ok, i saw Jaimie's update which says no information on updates, but it would be awesome to have all those info on one page.(not having to do a yum on every different versions we have).

You can always just check the kernel package info page here for the latest versions:

Refreshing this page for every kernel update would send out a lot of notifications. And i guess a lot of people are just watching this page to be notified of new releases.

Thanks for your update, and for the link : i was hoping for a more classic page, that i could "beautifulsoup" easily...

please include the ELS kernel versions

This page tracks minor releases of the overall product.

Specific package versions can currently be inspected via the RPM Package Search with release dates available in the changelog.

When RHEL 8.3 mainline OS will be released ?

Red Hat does not publish exact future release dates. However, the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Life Cycle document explains that "Minor releases are planned for release every six months through the Full Support phase." Thus you can deduce an approximate time frame from the last minor release (8.2).

Quick follow-up that Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.3 has officially released as of November 3, 2020. For more information, please see the following Press Release:

When RHEL 8.4 release is planned? Can't find this information anywhere.

Hi Oleg,

This page will not contain future releases, on published once.


Jan Gerrit

Based on statistic analyses by me, not Red Hat I guess: early may 2021.

Warning: it is my wild guess,not based on prior knowlegde found a Red Hat webpage.