From its first release,
cryptography has had a strong API stability
What does this policy cover?¶
This policy includes any API or behavior that is documented in this documentation.
What does “stable” mean?¶
Public APIs will not be removed or renamed without providing a compatibility alias.
The behavior of existing APIs will not change.
What doesn’t this policy cover?¶
We may add new features, things like the result of
dir(obj))or the contents of
Objects are not guaranteed to be pickleable, and pickled objects from one version of
cryptographymay not be loadable in future versions.
Development versions of
cryptography. Before a feature is in a release, it is not covered by this policy and may change.
One exception to our API stability policy is for security. We will violate this
policy as necessary in order to resolve a security issue or harden
cryptography against a possible attack.
This project uses a custom versioning scheme as described below.
Given a version
X.Yis a decimal number that is incremented for potentially-backwards-incompatible releases.
This increases like a standard decimal. In other words, 0.9 is the ninth release, and 1.0 is the tenth (not 0.10). The dividing decimal point can effectively be ignored.
Zis an integer that is incremented for backward-compatible releases.
From time to time we will want to change the behavior of an API or remove it entirely. In that case, here’s how the process will work:
cryptography X.Ythe feature exists.
cryptography X.Y + 0.1using that feature will emit a
cryptography X.Y + 0.2using that feature will emit a
cryptography X.Y + 0.3the feature will be removed or changed.
In short, code that runs without warnings will always continue to work for a period of two releases.
From time to time, we may decide to deprecate an API that is particularly widely used. In these cases, we may decide to provide an extended deprecation period, at our discretion.