Help us test the Textpattern CMS 4.3.0 release candidate

Make way for Textpattern CMS 4.3.0! The first release candidate is now available for download. Please grab a copy and help us find any last remaining niggles or bugs in preparation for the final release.

The first release candidate of Textpattern 4.3.0 is ready for boarding. Please make your way to the departure lounge and download a copy. Report any unexpected baggage at the forum to help us build a high-quality final release. Safety information can be found in the seat pocket in front of you.

Have a pleasant trip.


  • Happy retirement to The Carver: new logo courtesy of Philipp Schilling (aka belipe).
  • Optional image constant ihu for serving static images.
  • Textpacks for distributing localised strings.
  • Improved search ability with search modes ‘any’ or ‘all’.
  • New image tags: <txp:image_list>, <txp:image_info />, <txp:image_url />, <txp:image_date />, <txp:if_thumbnail />, <txp:image_author />.
  • New tags: <txp:link_author />, <txp:file_download_author />.
  • <txp:if_custom_field /> pimped to allow any/all/regex matches.
  • <txp:image /> and <txp:article_image /> now accept width/height attributes.
  • File titles.
  • Content type upgrade: URL-style /category and /author lists now possible for all of Textpattern’s native types. Corresponding conditional tags upgraded too.
  • New callbacks on the Images tab and more consistent API for shielding plugin authors from DB changes: article_format_info() and link_format_info().
  • New optional Start tab for dashboard plugins.
  • No more ‘friendly’ stylesheet editor. Stylesheets no longer BASE64-encoded in the database.
  • Textile 2.2: support for notelists, definition lists, thead, tbody, table summary/caption, colgroups, new glyphs for fractions, plusminus and degrees symbol, plus performance improvements and bug fixes.
  • Seemingly over-the-top “semantic admin-side markup changes. Will be thinned in due course; please consult the forthcoming guidelines for maximising plugin and theme compatibility in future Textpattern versions.
  • Inconsistent tag attributes renamed to conform.
  • Author/meta tags can display real name or login name.
  • Transparent pixels preserved in PNG/GIF thumbnails.
  • Faster logins.

Refer to the HISTORY.txt file for a comprehensive list of changes in 4.3.0.

Make sure that if you use this release candidate, you also update to the final 4.2.0 version when it is released.


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Post your feedback in the forum thread.

The download advertises itself as 4.2.0 in the Diagnostics panel, because we haven’t yet bumped the version number. Also, some of the admin-side strings are still not defined. These will be updated sometime before the final 4.3.0.


  1. Glad to see you guys are working on 4.3.0 and a lot of image related upgrades.
    Any chance the XML-RPC is going to be object of an upgrade as well? :)

    Great work!

  2. Hey. The baby is born ;)

  3. Yeah! Great! :)

  4. Great update. Now only if everyone could agree on pimping the way TP handles themes / theme updates. Now that would truly be an awesome update!

    Still, fantastic job!

  5. The XML-RPC library was upgraded with this release candidate. Here’s the relevant changeset. Is that what you were looking for, Filipe?

  6. Umm, not exactly… Was looking forward to seeing MediaObjects included in this update.

  7. As a TxP-fan and an avid user I was kind of getting worried about the lack of updates on the main site. Now I am relieved as my CMS-of-choice is looking healthy and is ready for the next evolution. Keep up the good work!

  8. Glad that you are working on this new version. As Filipe Varela pointed out, is there any news on MediaObjects too?

  9. Thanks to Stef and everyone else for all your hard work! The new release looks amazing.

  10. Great! Thanks very much!

  11. Awesome! Great work!

  12. Downloaded! Many thanks to the TXP 4.3.0 team! (^ _ ^) I hope zem_ and smd_ plugins still work in 4.3.0…I use them a lot.

  13. I just installed it locally to play a bit, and the first thing I noticed was that you’ve split up the advanced options on the write tab. THANK YOU for that! (It doesn’t take much to please me, apparently.)

  14. Just want to say that I always run SVN versions and I’ve only ever had one issue, back in 2007. You guys do an absolutely astounding job of safeguarding/comparability.

    Looking forward to v5 busting up my custom plugins. I’m up for it ;)

  15. Will TXP 4.3 version include a new design by default?

  16. Awesome work and development for the friendliest CMS in the world. Great work all!

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