Elgg Blog: Elgg 1.9.0-rc.1 released

After a couple of years(!) of heavy development the core team is pleased to announce that Elgg 1.9.0-rc.1 is available for download! Remember this is a release candidate and is meant for developers and bug hunters, so please do not use this on a production site!  If you haven't been following Elgg 1.9's progress, here's an overview of the main features:


  • New responsive theme - aalborg_theme
  • Adds image uploading from editor
  • Replaces fancybox lightbox with colorbox
  • Replaces Tinymce editor with CKEditor
  • Liking and friending use ajax
  • Removes topbar Elgg logo and made "powered by" themable
  • Allows keeping group content limited to the group
  • Site notifications moved into separate plugin from messages
  • Various accessibility fixes
  • Improved theme sandbox
  • Ajaxified the discussion reply edit form.
  • Alphabetize friends/friends-of, group notifications, group owned/member lists
  • Adds support for simplecache minification of CSS and JavaScript
  • Adds new notification system
  • Changes user directories use GUIDs rather than join date
  • Adds robots.txt configuration
  • Adds maintenance mode

And many, many more.  See the changelog for the full set of changes.

Elgg 1.9 is a major release.  Developers who have been waiting to test out their 1.8 plugins in 1.9 should take this as a cue to begin upgrading those plugins.  Note that back compatibility was a big consideration in this release so upgrading plugins should hopefully not be as painful as it was for the 1.7 -> 1.8 upgrade.

As always, please report bugs in our github issue tracker: https://github.com/Elgg/Elgg/issues


Thanks to the following developers who contributed to this release:

  • Cash Costello
  • Steve Clay
  • Evan Winslow
  • Pawel Sroka
  • Sem
  • Brett Profitt
  • Jeroen Dalsem
  • Juho Jaakkola
  • Per Jensen
  • Ismayil Khayredinov
  • RiverVanRain
  • Matt Beckett
  • hellekin
  • Jerôme Bakker
  • Aday Talavera
  • Jeff Tilson
  • Marcus Povey
  • Rasmus Lerdorf
  • Brad Smith
  • Hayden Shaw
  • Ben Werdmuller
  • András Szepesházi
  • slyhne
  • Facyla
  • ManUtopiK
  • Emmanuel
  • Centillien
  • twentyfiveautumn
  • Janek Lasocki-Biczysko
  • Ash Ward
  • Arsalan Shah
  • Angel Gabriel Vargas Beltran
  • Tantek Çelik
  • Team Webgalli
  • bwoodnz
  • Danny Navarro
  • EC2 Default User
  • Kody Peterson
  • Liang Lee

Matt Beckett

I'm a self-employed web developer, family man, nerd, scuba diver. Manager/maintainer of this elgg community site, and core Elgg development team member.