PostgreSQL 16 RC1 Released!

Posted on 2023-08-31 by PostgreSQL Global Development Group
PostgreSQL Project

The PostgreSQL Global Development Group announces that the first release candidate of PostgreSQL 16 is now available for download. As a release candidate, PostgreSQL 16 RC 1 will be mostly identical to the initial release of PostgreSQL 16, though some more fixes may be applied prior to the general availability of PostgreSQL 16.

The planned date for the general availability of PostgreSQL 16 is September 14, 2023. Please see the "Release Schedule" section for more details.

Upgrading to PostgreSQL 16 RC 1

To upgrade to PostgreSQL 16 RC 1 from earlier versions of PostgreSQL, you will need to use a major version upgrade strategy, e.g. pg_upgrade or pg_dump / pg_restore. For more information, please visit the documentation section on upgrading:

Changes Since 16 Beta 3

Several bug fixes were applied for PostgreSQL 16 during the Beta 3 period. These include:

  • Fixed performance regression when running COPY concurrently on a single table.

For a detailed list of fixes, please visit the open items page.

Release Schedule

This is the first release candidate for PostgreSQL 16. Unless an issue is discovered that warrants a delay or to produce an additional release candidate, PostgreSQL 16 should be made generally available on September 14, 2023.

For further information please see the Beta Testing page.