What is the Canvas release schedule for beta, production, and test environments?

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Instructure is committed to consistently improving the Canvas user experience. Our cloud-based platform allows us to maintain an agile production cycle and provide users with bug fixes, enhancements, and new features in three Canvas environments: beta, production, and test. All Canvas environments are also available on any mobile app; just use the appropriate Canvas URL.

 

Beta and Production updates are outlined in Canvas Product Release Notes.

 

Release Schedule Calendar

 

 

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The beta environment allows admins and instructors to explore the most recent Canvas features before they reach production. The beta environment is overwritten with data from the production environment every Saturday*. Any work or content added to the beta environment will be overwritten every week.

 

Additionally, every three weeks, new code is placed in the beta environment as indicated by the Canvas Beta Release Notes. Beta release notes can include new features, updates to existing features, or new or updated APIs.
Beta notes are distributed every three weeks on the following Mondays* (unless otherwise specified):

 

  • 18 December 2017
  • 15 January 2018
  • 5 February 2018
  • 26 February 2018
  • 19 March 2018
  • 9 April 2018
  • 30 April 2018
  • 21 May 2018
  • 11 June 2018
  • 2 July 2018
  • 23 July 2018
  • 13 August 2018
  • 4 September 2018 (In observance of Labor Day in the United States)
  • 24 September 2018
  • 15 October 2018
  • 5 November 2018
  • 26 November 2018
  • 17 December 2018
  • 14 January 2019

 

*An exact time when the beta environment will be overwritten by production will vary for every organization. Learn more about the Canvas beta environment.

 

 

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The production environment is the live, working environment where users interact with Canvas every day. Every three weeks, new code is placed in the production environment as indicated by the Canvas Production Release Notes. Changes to the production environment include new features, updates to existing features, or new or updated APIs.

 

Release notes are distributed the Monday before the production release, which takes place every three weeks on the following Saturdays* (unless otherwise specified):

 

  • 9 December 2017
  • 6 January 2018 (release notes published 2 January in observance of New Year's Day)
  • 27 January 2018
  • 17 February 2018
  • 10 March 2018
  • 31 March 2018
  • 21 April 2018
  • 12 May 2018
  • 2 June 2018 
  • 23 June 2018
  • 14 July 2018
  • 4 August 2018
  • 25 August 2018
  • 15 September 2018
  • 6 October 2018
  • 27 October 2018
  • 17 November 2018
  • 8 December 2018
  • 5 January 2019
  • 26 January 2019

 

*An exact time when the production environment will be overwritten will vary for every organization.

 

 

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Every three weeks after the production release, the test environment is overwritten with data from the production environment (which also includes the new and updated features from the beta environment) and allows you to test your real data without compromising any user content.

 

The test environment is updated on the same Saturdays as indicated for the production environment (unless otherwise specified).

 

*An exact time when the test environment will be overwritten by production will vary for every organization. Learn more about the Canvas test environment.
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