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Release info

Created by: xjm
Created on: 3 Aug 2016 at 13:26 UTC
Last updated: 18 Oct 2017 at 16:05 UTC
Core compatibility: 8.x
Release type: Bug fixes, New features

Release notes

This is a beta release for the next feature release of Drupal 8. Betas are good testing targets for developers and site builders who are comfortable reporting (and where possible, fixing) their own bugs. Beta releases are not recommended for non-technical users, nor for production websites. More information on beta releases.

This minor release provides new improvements and functionality without breaking backward compatibility (BC) for public APIs. Note that there may be changes in internal APIs and experimental modules that require updates to contributed and custom modules and themes per Drupal core's backwards compatibility and experimental module policies. Both policies have been updated for the 8.1.x release.

This beta release includes the feature and API additions below. A handful of additional beta target issues are being considered for a later beta, including an experimental content moderation module, a sidebar for configuring site elements in place, a new date range field type, and a couple CKEditor enhancements.

New stable features

The following new stable features have been added to Drupal 8.2.0-beta1:

Usability improvements

In addition to the new features listed above, 8.2.0-beta1 includes many small user interface enhancements for usability, especially related to user interface text and form buttons.

REST and API-first improvements

Drupal 8.2.0-beta1 significantly improves REST and API-first support with the following new features, API and developer experience improvements, and bug fixes.

Other API improvements

Modules requiring Drupal 8.2.0-beta1 or later can take advantage of these additional API improvements:

Experimental modules

The following modules are considered experimental for this release. Experimental modules are provided with Drupal core for testing purposes, but are not yet fully supported.

Migrate, Migrate Drupal, and Migrate Upgrade UI (alpha stability)
Use these modules to migrate Drupal 6 or 7 sites onto Drupal 8. See the user guide on upgrading from Drupal 6 or 7 to Drupal 8 for more information.

Always back up your data before performing a migration, and be sure to take note of these outstanding issues:

  • The Drupal 6 to Drupal 8 migration is now complete and can be used for migrating Drupal 6 sites to Drupal 8 (now including migrations for core node translations!), but some changes may still be needed as the Migrate API itself is not yet fully stable.
  • The Drupal 7 to Drupal 8 migration is incomplete, but is suitable for developers who would like to help improve the migration, and can be used to test upgrades especially for simple Drupal 7 sites. (Outstanding issues for the Drupal 7 to Drupal 8 migration)
  • Issues tagged Migrate critical are blockers for these modules being considered stable.
  • Drush support is currently only available in the Drupal Upgrade contributed module.
  • BigPipe (alpha stability, nearing beta)
    Provides an advanced implementation of Facebook's BigPipe page rendering strategy, leading to greatly improved perceived performance for pages with dynamic, personalized, or uncacheable content. See the BigPipe handbook page.
    Place Block (alpha stability)
    This new 8.2.x feature allows the user to place a block on any page and see the region where it will be displayed, without having to navigate to a backend administration form.
    Inline Form Errors (alpha stability)
    This provides a proof-of-concept for showing form errors inline for improved accessibility. This module has outstanding issues, some of which are significant, and may be removed from core in 8.3.x if the issues are not resolved within the next six months.

    Third-party library updates

    Changed coding standards

    Drupal 8.2.0-beta1 has adopted the following coding standards changes:

    Other important issues

    Translators should take note of a handful of minor string changes since the last release.

    The following important issues are resolved in 8.2.0-beta1 (in addition to the dozens of other fixes listed at the end of this post):

    Known issues

    The following issues may affect people running Drupal 8.2.0-beta1 on specific hosting environments:

    Search the issue queue for all known issues.

    All changes since the last minor release

    See the Drupal 8.2.x issue queue.


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