OpenJS Foundation Announces Availability of Node.js 21
The OpenJS Foundation releases Node.js 21 as "Current;" Node.js 20 gets LTS status.
- By John K. Waters
- October 17, 2023
The Foundation manages its releases this way: Major Node.js versions have "Current" release status for six months. This gives library authors time to add support for them. Node.js 21 will be the Current release until April 2024. The Foundation says that Node.js 21 is best for early testers working in specific environments, and it recommends Node.js 20 LTS for production deployments.
"If you're interested in getting access to interesting new features early, Node.js 21 is a great way to test and see what's coming," said aid Rafael Gonzaga, Node.js Technical Steering Committee (TSC) Member, in a statement. "Our release schedule specifically covers this. If you're already in active deployment or if you are planning for it, Node.js 20 and 18 LTS are for you."
Here is the full Node.js release schedule.
"Node.js demand among developers continues to grow as the need for reliable and scalable web applications rises," said Michaël Zasso, member of the Node.js TSC, in a statement. "With Node.js 21, you can evaluate the current state of Node.js features directly,". "As just one example, Node.js has had a stable test runner since Node.js 20. There's no need to install a third-party module, and you can create test scripts easily. Node.js 21 includes many improvements to the test runner."
A full list of changes and commits is available here. And Node.js 21 is available here.
Download Node.js 21 here and get started testing right away!
John K. Waters is the editor in chief of a number of Converge360.com sites, with a focus on high-end development, AI and future tech. He's been writing about cutting-edge technologies and culture of Silicon Valley for more than two decades, and he's written more than a dozen books. He also co-scripted the documentary film Silicon Valley: A 100 Year Renaissance, which aired on PBS. He can be reached at [email protected].