Swift 5.3 Release Process
This post describes the goals, release process, and estimated schedule for Swift 5.3.
Motivation and Goals
Swift 5.3 is a release meant to include significant quality and performance enhancements. In addition, this release will expand the number of platforms where Swift is available and supported, notably adding support for Windows and additional Linux distributions.
Snapshots of Swift 5.3
Downloadable snapshots of the Swift 5.3 release branch will be posted regularly as part of continuous integration testing. As support is available, snapshot downloads will be added for newly supported platforms.
Once Swift 5.3 is released, the official final builds will also be posted in addition to the snapshots.
Getting Changes into Swift 5.3
On April 20, 2020 the
release/5.3 branch will be cut in the swift repository and most related project repositories. Please note the new branch naming scheme. This will contain the changes that will be released in Swift 5.3. After the branch is cut, changes can be landed on the branch via pull request if they meet the criteria for the release.
A few projects will cut their Swift 5.3 branches on different dates:
|indexstore-db||March 27, 2020|
|swift-llbuild||March 27, 2020|
|swift-package-manager||March 27, 2020|
|sourcekit-lsp||March 27, 2020|
|swift-tools-support-core||March 27, 2020|
The same policies will apply to these projects: once the branch is cut, changes can be landed on the branch via pull request if they meet the criteria for the release.
Philosophy on Taking Changes into Swift 5.3
All language and API changes for Swift 5.3 will go through the Swift Evolution process. Evolution proposals should aim to be completed by the branch date in order to increase their chances of impacting the Swift 5.3 release. Exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis, particularly if they tie in with the core goal of the release.
Other changes (e.g., bug fixes, diagnostic improvements, SourceKit interface improvements) will be accepted based on their risk and impact.
Low-risk test tweaks will also be accepted late into the release branch if it aids in the qualification of the release.
As the release converges, the criteria for accepted changes will become increasingly restrictive.
The following repositories will have a
release/5.3 branch to track
sources as part of Swift 5.3 release:
The llvm-project will have a corresponding
The overall management of the release will be overseen by the following individuals, who will announce when stricter control of change goes into effect for the Swift 5.3 release as the release converges.
For the Swift 5.3 release, we are adding release managers for each of our supported platforms. They will oversee platform specific issues as well as qualification of that platform for the release.
Ted Kremenek is the overall release manager for Swift 5.3.
Doug Gregor is the release manager for the Swift Compiler
Duncan Exon Smith is the release manager for llvm-project.
Fred Riss is the release manager for LLDB in llvm-project.
Ben Cohen is the release manager for the Swift Standard Library.
Tony Parker is the release manager for swift-corelibs-foundation.
Pierre Habouzit is the release manager for swift-corelibs-libdispatch.
Brian Croom is the release manager for swift-corelibs-xctest.
Rick Ballard is the release manager for swift-package-manager.
Daniel Dunbar is the release manager for swift-llbuild and swift-tools-support-core.
Argyrios Kyrtzidis is the release manager for sourcekit-lsp, indexstore-db, swift-syntax, and swift-stress-tester.
Platform Release Managers
Nicole Jacque is the release manager for the Darwin platform.
Tom Doron is the release manager for Linux platforms.
Saleem Abdulrasool is the release manager for the Windows platform.
Please feel free to post on the development forum or contact Ted Kremenek directly concerning any questions about the release management process.
Pull Requests for Release Branch
In order for a pull request to be considered for inclusion in the release
release/5.3) after it has been cut, it must include the following
Explanation: A description of the issue being fixed or enhancement being made. This can be brief, but it should be clear.
Scope: An assessment of the impact/importance of the change. For example, is the change a source-breaking language change, etc.
SR Issue: The SR if the change fixes/implements an issue/enhancement on bugs.swift.org.
Risk: What is the (specific) risk to the release for taking this change?
Testing: What specific testing has been done or needs to be done to further validate any impact of this change?
Reviewer: One or more code owners for the impacted components should review the change. Technical review can be delegated by a code owner or otherwise requested as deemed appropriate or useful.
All changes going on the
release/5.3 branch must go through pull requests that are
accepted by the corresponding release manager.