Upgrade planning

Operating System Release information

For information on supported releases and subsequent upgrades to newer releases, see IBM i Release support.

 Release life cycle
ReleaseAnnounce date* GA date*Announce
End of Marketing date*
Effective
End of Marketing date*
End of Program Support*Program Support Extension Available*
Rel 106/21/198808/26/1988    
V2R104/22/199105/24/1991 03/12/199306/30/1994 
V2R1.104/22/199103/06/1992 03/12/199306/30/1994 
V2R202/18/199209/18/1992 09/06/199403/31/1995 
V2R302/16/199312/17/1993 12/29/199505/31/1996 
R7.5 SSP02/20/199603/08/199602/09/199902/25/200005/31/2000 
V3R0.505/03/199406/03/199402/11/199705/16/199705/31/1997 
V3R105/03/199411/25/199402/11/199705/16/199710/31/1998 
V3R206/04/199606/21/199602/10/199802/25/200005/31/2000 
V3R606/21/199512/22/199508/19/199711/21/199710/31/1998 
V3R709/03/199611/08/199609/01/199812/01/199806/30/1999 
V4R108/19/199708/29/199702/09/199902/25/200005/31/2000 
V4R202/10/199802/27/199802/09/199902/25/200005/31/200001/31/2001
V4R309/01/199809/11/199802/15/200012/29/200001/31/2001 
V4R402/09/199905/21/199902/13/200105/31/200105/31/200111/30/2001
V4R505/22/200007/28/200002/12/200207/02/200207/31/200212/31/2002
V5R104/23/200105/25/200107/29/200311/21/200309/30/2005 
V5R206/04/200208/30/200202/08/200510/01/200504/30/2007 
V5R305/04/200406/11/200402/06/200701/04/200804/30/200904/30/2013
V5R4
(5.4.x)
01/31/200602/14/200601/27/200905/27/201109/30/2013
Note 2
09/30/2017
Note 3
6.1.x01/29/200803/21/200809/09/201412/09/201409/30/2015
Note 2
09/30/2018
Note 3
7.104/13/201004/23/201004/11/201709/30/201704/30/2018 
7.204/28/201405/02/2014  Note 1 
7.304/12/201604/15/2016  Note 1 

* All dates are shown in MM/DD/YYYY format.

Note 1: End of program support date will be announced with at least 12 months notice prior to the effective termination date.

Note 2: For V5R4 (5.4.x), includes both Machine Code Level V5R4M0 and V5R4M5. For 6.1, includes both Machine Code Level V6R1M0 and V6R1M1.

Note 3:IBM Service Extension Offering for IBM i 5.4 and 6.1 (33KB) is available for customers.