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Bazel Q1 2024 Community Update


Developer satisfaction survey

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Please take our 5-minute developer satisfaction survey to help us improve Bazel. No email collection – your input remains anonymous. Thank you in advance for your time!

Rolling releases

For better visibility of stable LTS releases, rolling releases have been removed from GitHub and are now listed on a separate page. Bazelisk users can still access rolling releases with USE_BAZEL_VERSION=rolling.

LTS release candidates

Starting this quarter, we’re publishing release candidates to GitHub along with final LTS releases.

For more information on our release model, cadence, and differences between rolling and LTS releases, please refer to our documentation.

Bazel 4 is deprecated

Support for Bazel 4 has ended. We'll no longer backport critical fixes for security or OS-compatibility. Please consider upgrading to the latest LTS release or using rolling releases.

Product updates


Bazel 7.1.0 (along with patch releases 7.1.1, 7.0.2, and 7.0.1) was released in Q1 ‘24.

Bazel 7.2.0 is in progress and scheduled to be released in May. Follow the release tracker issue for updates.

Bazel plugin for IntelliJ

Take a look at our recent blog post summarizing key changes to the Bazel plugin for IntelliJ from Q2 ‘23 - Q1 ‘24. We discuss the status of master vs google branches, significant product updates, and more.

Compact execution log

The Bazel 7.1.0 release introduced a new execution log format. This format, enabled by the --experimental_execution_log_compact_file flag, is similar in purpose to the preexisting --execution_log_{binary,json}_file formats, but is much cheaper to produce (2% wall time overhead or less) and takes significantly less disk space (a reduction of 100x or more in relation to the old formats). The //src/tools/execlog:converter tool can be used to convert between them.

Community corner


Reach out the email(s) listed below if you’d like to be added to the SIG calendar invites.

SIG Meeting frequency Point of contact
Rules authors Every two weeks
Android app development Monthly
Bazel plugin for IntelliJ Monthly
Remote execution API working group Monthly

Interested in learning about SIGs or starting a new one? Find more information on our website.

Want to get your SIG listed? Please add it to the Community repository.

Ideas, feedback, and submissions are welcome!

Thank you for reading this edition! Let us know if you’d like to see any new information or changes in future community updates by reaching out to We look forward to hearing from you.


Google Bazel team