PySB's Python version support policy

Tue 24 September 2019 | tags: policies

PySB will support Python 2.7 until January 1, 2020. After that date, PySB's major version number will be incremented (PySB 2.x). From PySB 2.x onward, our policy will be to support the three most recent minor versions of Python (most likely Python 3.6, 3.7, and 3.8 at time of PySB 2.x release).

Upon a new major release of Python, the PySB major version will be incremented and its support for the previous Python major version will cease immediately. The previous PySB release will go into Long-Term Support (LTS) mode, receiving only critical bug fixes while retaining support for the previous Python release. LTS releases will be maintained for 2 years.


Python 2.7 will itself become unsupported from January 1, 2020, as per PEP 373, therefore our decision to end Python 2.7 support is in line with this.

We want a Python version support policy that strikes a balance between taking advantage of new Python features and providing stability. On the current Python release cycle, support for new versions would last around five years, which we feel is a reasonable length of time.

We hope this policy helps to provide clarity to PySB users. If you have comments or questions regarding this policy, please raise them on the relevant GitHub issue. Support is also available on our Gitter chat room.

-- The PySB Development Team