Kotlin 各组件的稳定性

The Kotlin language and toolset are divided into many components such as the compilers for the JVM, JS and Native targets, the Standard Library, various accompanying tools and so on. Many of these components were officially released as Stable which means that they are evolved in the backward-compatible way following the principles of Comfortable Updates and Keeping the Language Modern. Among such stable components are, for example, the Kotlin compiler for the JVM, the Standard Library, and Coroutines.

Following the Feedback Loop principle we release many things early for the community to try out, so a number of components are not yet released as Stable. Some of them are very early stage, some are more mature. We mark them as Experimental, Alpha or Beta depending on how quickly each component is evolving and how much risk the users are taking when adopting it.

Stability levels explained

Here's a quick guide to these stability levels and their meaning:

Experimental means "try it only in toy projects":

  • We are just trying out an idea and want some users to play with it and give feedback. If it doesn't work out, we may drop it any minute.

Alpha means "use at your own risk, expect migration issues":

  • We decided to productize this idea, but it hasn't reached the final shape yet.

Beta means "you can use it, we'll do our best to minimize migration issues for you":

  • It’s almost done, user feedback is especially important now.
  • Still, it's not 100% finished, so changes are possible (including ones based on your own feedback).
  • Watch for deprecation warnings in advance for the best update experience.

We collectively refer to Experimental, Alpha and Beta as pre-stable levels.

Stable means "use it even in most conservative scenarios":

Please note that stability levels do not say anything about how soon a component will be released as Stable. Similarly, they do not indicate how much a component will be changed before release. They only say how fast a component is changing and how much risk of update issues users are running.

GitHub badges for Kotlin components

The Kotlin GitHub organization hosts different Kotlin-related projects. Some of them we develop full-time, while others are side projects.

Each Kotlin project has two GitHub badges describing its stability and support status:

Stability of subcomponents

A stable component may have an experimental subcomponent, for example:

  • a stable compiler may have an experimental feature;
  • a stable API may include experimental classes or functions;
  • a stable command-line tool may have experimental options.

We make sure to document precisely which subcomponents are not stable. We also do our best to warn users where possible and ask to opt in explicitly to avoid accidental usages of features that have not been released as stable.

Current stability of Kotlin components

组件 状态 状态起始版本 备注
Kotlin/JVM Stable 1.0
kotlin-stdlib(JVM) 已稳定 1.0
协程 已稳定 1.3
kotlin-reflect(JVM) Beta 1.0
Kotlin/JS(旧版后端) 已稳定 1.3
Kotlin/JVM(基于 IR) 已稳定 1.5
Kotlin/JS(基于 IR) Beta 1.5
Kotlin/Native 运行时 Beta 1.3
Kotlin/Native new memory manager Alpha 1.6.20
Klib 二进制 Alpha 1.4
多平台项目 Alpha 1.3
Kotlin/Native 与 C 语言及 Objective C 互操作 Beta 1.3
CocoaPods 集成 Beta 1.3
用于 Android Studio 的 Kotlin Multiplatform Mobile 插件 Alpha 0.3.0 与语言版本独立
expect/actual 语言特性 Beta 1.2
KDoc 语法 已稳定 1.0
Dokka Beta 1.6
脚本语法与语义 Alpha 1.2
脚本嵌入与扩展 API Beta 1.5
脚本 IDE 支持 实验性的 1.2
CLI 脚本 Alpha 1.2
编译器插件 API 实验性的 1.0
序列化编译器插件 已稳定 1.4
序列化核心库 已稳定 1.0.0 与语言版本独立
内联类 已稳定 1.5
无符号算术 已稳定 1.5
stdlib 中的契约 已稳定 1.3
用户自定义契约 实验性的 1.3
默认情况下,所有其他实验性特性 实验性的 N/A

The pre-1.4 version of this page is available here.