About Amazon EMR Releases - Amazon EMR

About Amazon EMR Releases

An Amazon EMR release is a set of open-source applications from the big-data ecosystem. Each release comprises different big-data applications, components, and features that you select to have Amazon EMR install and configure when you create a cluster. Applications are packaged using a system based on Apache BigTop, which is an open-source project associated with the Hadoop ecosystem. This guide provides information for applications included in Amazon EMR releases.

For more information about getting started and working with Amazon EMR, see the Amazon EMR Management Guide.

When you launch a cluster, you can choose from multiple releases of Amazon EMR. This allows you to test and use application versions that fit your compatibility requirements. You specify the release number with the release label. Release labels are in the form emr-x.x.x. For example, emr-7.0.0.

Beginning with Amazon EMR 5.18.0, you can use the Amazon EMR artifact repository to build your job code against the exact versions of libraries and dependencies that are available with specific Amazon EMR releases. For more information, see Checking dependencies using the Amazon EMR artifact repository.

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Latest release details, including application versions, release notes, components, and configuration classifications of Amazon EMR 7.x, 6.x, and 5.x series:


New Amazon EMR releases are made available in different Regions over a period of several days, beginning with the first Region on the initial release date. The latest release version may not be available in your Region during this period.

Release notes for the latest Amazon EMR releases and a history of all releases:

A comprehensive history of application versions in each Amazon EMR release:

Details for each Amazon EMR release and differences between release series, where applicable: