UbuntuSupport lifespan


New versions of Ubuntu are released by Canonical every 6 months. Every two years, the release is a Long Term Support version.

Support lifespan

  • Normal release - supported for 9 months
  • Long Term Support (LTS) release
        LTS releases for Ubuntu Desktop, Ubuntu Server, Ubuntu Core, and Ubuntu Kylin are supported for 5 years.
        LTS releases for Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Ubuntu MATE and Lubuntu are supported for 3 years.

What support means

  • Updates for potential security problems and bugs (not new versions of software)
  • Availability of commercial support contracts from Canonical
  • Support by Landscape, Canonical's enterprise oriented server management tool set.

Currently supported releases

The table shows a list of currently supported release showing both original distribution releases (e.g. Ubuntu 14.04) and point releases (e.g. 14.04.3). The Ubuntu versions which are still supported will be delivered security updates.

Point releases include support for new hardware as well as rolling up all the updates published in that series to date. So a fresh install of a point release will work on newer hardware and will also not require a big download of additional updates.

VersionCode nameRelease dateEnd of life date
Ubuntu 16.04 LTSXenial XerusApril 21, 2016April 2021
Ubuntu 14.04.3 LTSTrusty TahrAugust 6, 2015August 2016
Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTSTrusty TahrFebruary 20, 2015August 2016
Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTSTrusty TahrJuly 24, 2014April 2019
Ubuntu 14.04 LTSTrusty TahrApril 17, 2014
Ubuntu 12.04.5 LTSPrecise PangolinAugust 7, 2014April 2017
Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTSPrecise PangolinFebruary 6, 2014
Ubuntu 12.04.3 LTSPrecise PangolinAugust 23, 2013
Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTSPrecise PangolinFebruary 14, 2013
Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTSPrecise PangolinAugust 24, 2012
Ubuntu 12.04 LTSPrecise PangolinApril 26, 2012