Support Information

Supported Platforms

For Botan 2, the tier-1 supported platforms are

  • Linux x86-64, GCC 4.8 or higher
  • Linux x86-64, Clang 3.5 or higher
  • Linux aarch64, GCC 4.8+
  • Linux ppc64le, GCC 4.8+
  • Windows x86-64, Visual C++ 2013 and 2015

These platforms are all tested by continuous integration, and the developers have access to hardware in order to test patches. Problems affecting these platforms are considered release blockers.

For Botan 2, the tier-2 supported platforms are

  • Linux x86-32, GCC 4.8+
  • Linux arm32, GCC 4.8+
  • Windows x86-64, MinGW GCC
  • Apple OS X x86-64, XCode Clang
  • iOS arm32/arm64, XCode Clang
  • Android arm32, NDK Clang
  • FreeBSD x86-64, Clang 3.8+
  • IncludeOS x86-32, Clang 3.8+

Some (but not all) of the tier-2 platforms are tested by CI. Things should mostly work, and if problems are encountered, the Botan devs will probably be able to help. But they are not as well tested as tier-1.

Of course many other modern OSes such as OpenBSD, NetBSD, AIX, Solaris or QNX are also probably fine (Botan has been tested on all of them successfully in the past), but none of the core developers run these OSes and may not be able to help so much in debugging problems. Patches to improve the build for these platforms are welcome. Note that as a policy Botan does not support any OS which is not supported by its original vendor; any such EOLed systems that are still running are unpatched and insecure.

In theory any working C++11 compiler is fine but in practice, we only test with GCC, Clang, and Visual C++. There is support in the build system for several commercial C++ compilers (Intel, PGI, Sun Studio, Ekopath, etc) all of which worked with older (C++98) versions of both the code and the compilers, but it is not known if the latest versions of these compilers can compile the library properly.

Branch Support Status

Following table provides the support status for Botan branches. Any branch not listed here (including 1.11) is no longer supported. Dates in the future are approximate.

Branch First Release End of Active Development End of Life
1.8 2008-12-08 2010-08-31 2016-02-13
1.10 2011-06-20 2012-07-10 2018-12-31
2 2017-01-06 2019-01-01 2021-12-31
3 (planned) 2019-04-01 2022-01-01 2023-12-31

“Active development” refers to adding new features and optimizations. At the conclusion of the active development phase, only bugfixes are applied.

Getting Help

To get help with Botan, open an issue on GitHub

Custom Development or Support

Jack Lloyd, the primary developer, is available for projects including custom development, extended support, developer training, and reviewing code or protocol specifications for security flaws. Email him for more information.