Retiring some OS X images

As we shared back in September, the number of available OS X/Xcode images has grown since we first started offering an OS X build environment as part of Travis CI. In order to help us simplify our maintenance process and ensure we’re able to quickly provide more timely updates to the OS X build environment images, we are retiring some of the less commonly used OS X images.

What does this mean for you?

We’ll be maintaining all the current images through Monday, November 28th, in order to give notice to users who explicitly use some of our less common Xcode versions. On Monday, Nov 28th at Noon PST, we will be simplifying our image catalog to the following options:

  • osx_image:xcode6.1 (with 10.9)
    • This image will only be kept until Friday, Jan 20th at Noon PST and it will not recieve any userland or OS updates between now and then. If you still need an Xcode6 image you should switch to xcode6.4 as soon as you’re able.
  • osx_image: xcode6.4 (with 10.10)
  • osx_image: xcode7.3 (with 10.11 and default)
  • osx_image: xcode8 (with 10.12)
  • osx_image: xcode8.1 (with 10.12)
  • osx_image: xcode8.2 (with 10.12 and currently Xcode 8.2 beta 2)
    • Apple is releasing Xcode 8 updates very quickly and in order to give our users some time to transition to new these new (8.1, 8.2, etc) releases, we will maintain our 8.0, 8.1, and 8.2 until Tue, Jan 17th at Noon PST. On Jan 17th, we’ll make Xcode 8.2 (or whatever is the stable release of Xcode 8 at that time) the default for xcode8 and we’ll be retiring the other images.

What’s next?

  1. We’ll publish reminders via Twitter and add notifications to the UI on and in the coming days.
  2. We’ll be publishing an update to our documentation with this schedule and our planned release and update policy for 2017 and beyond.
  3. On Monday, Nov 28th, we’ll publish updates to our documentation which will reflect the changes outlined above.

We thank for your understanding as we make this transition and we appreciate any feedback you have for us on our OS X experience.


As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to email