Introducing the alpha release of CiviCRM v3.0!

2009-08-05 09:34
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The day has come! We are excited to announce that our 3.0 ALPHA release is now available for download. You can also try it out on our sandbox site. Please remember it's an ALPHA release and it shouldn't be used on production sites.

This release introduces many new features, some of them really important, that's why we decided to start a new major number series in CiviCRM versioning. One of the most important new features is CiviReport, which is a completely new component for advanced reporting on your constituent data. Second significant change is a major user interface redesign with a goal of increasing usability. CiviEvent was also improved with waitlist functionality, pending status expirations, and an option for administrator approval for participants. A full list of changes, improvements and bug fixes in this release is available on the wiki and in the issue tracker.

Step up and help out!

CiviCRM 3.0 Alpha release is a great occasion to get involved in CiviCRM community. There are many ways you can help make this release better and bug free.
  • Log in to CiviCRM 3.0 public sandbox and try out your favourite features. If you find a problem, please report it on the appropriate board of our forum. Remember that sandbox data is periodically reset.
  • Download the tarball and upgrade a copy of your site to 3.0 - let us know if you encounter any problems. This is an especially valuable contribution since we need to have the upgrade process tested on different sets of data. After you've done this, play around with your favourite features, with your local data. Problems appearing? Use the CiviCRM 3.0 alpha testing board on the forums to discuss problems and find answers!
  • Go through the CiviCRM 3.0 Documentation, help us improve it and make it relevant to upcoming version before we reach beta state (estimated 3 weeks). It's a wiki, so after creating an account, you can fix problems and add missing information.
  • If you're a developer and have PHP skills, you can submit a patch through our issue tracker. Just create an issue, attaching a patch file that fixes a problem you've discovered in the CiviCRM 3.0 codebase.

Existing issues

CiviCRM 3.0alpha1 is not bug free, it's just the first version on the way to stable version. We know about some problems and are working hard to fix them before the next release (expect it a week from now). The list of existing issues is available here. If you notice any new problems, please report them as mentioned above.


You can download the release from SourceForge - select from the civicrm-latest section. The filenames include the 3.0 Alpha 1 label: civicrm-3.0.alpha1. Make sure you're downloading correct version: for Drupal, Joomla or Standalone.

New Installations

If you are installing CiviCRM 3.0 Alpha from scratch, please use the automated installer instructions for respective versions: Drupal, Joomla and Standalone. Please note that at the alpha stage, the documentation might not be accurate and refers more to previous version. We are counting on your contributions to make it fully adequate before 3.0beta is available!

Upgrading from 2.* series

An automated upgrade process is included in the alpha release, and the procedure for upgrading to 3.0 alpha1 is the same as for upgrading 2.1.x and 2.2.x versions. Instructions for upgrading for two CMS types (Drupal and Joomla) and Standalone are provided. We will continue to include automated upgrades for subsequent alpha and beta releases of 3.0 - so you should be able to upgrade your test site easily over the course of the release cycle.
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Congratulations on reaching this milestone and thanks for the great new features.


This deserves a toast - beer at my place if you can make it

(Edit: he said from the safety of 12,000 kilometers from most of the world ;-) )

It still says zero downloads even after I downloaded it. (Just letting you know in case you felt hurt by those Big Round numbers)