Ember 3.16 Released

– By Kenneth Larsen, Isaac Lee

Today the Ember project is releasing version 3.16 of Ember.js, Ember Data, and Ember CLI. This release of Ember.js is an LTS (Long Term Support) candidate. LTS candidates prioritize stability over the addition of new features, and have an extended support schedule.

This release kicks off the 3.17 beta cycle for all sub-projects. We encourage our community (especially addon authors) to help test these beta builds and report any bugs before they are published as a final release in six weeks' time. The ember-try addon is a great way to continuously test your projects against the latest Ember releases.

You can read more about our general release process here:


Ember.js is the core framework for building ambitious web applications.

Changes in Ember.js 3.16

The 3.16.0 release is an Ember.js Long-Term Support candidate. In six weeks, the 3.16.x series will become the latest LTS release and six weeks after that the 3.12 LTS branch will no longer receive bugfix patches. LTS versions allow teams to upgrade less frequently while still getting support from the Ember project and the wider ecosystem.

For more information about Ember's LTS policies, see the announcement blog post and builds page.

Ember.js 3.16 is an incremental, backwards compatible release of Ember with bugfixes, performance improvements, and minor deprecations. There are zero (0) new features, one (1) deprecation, and several bugfixes in this version.

New Features (0)

There are no new features in Ember.js 3.16.

Deprecations (1)

Deprecations are added to Ember.js when an API will be removed at a later date. Each deprecation has an entry in the deprecation guide describing the migration path to a more stable API. Deprecated public APIs are not removed until a major release of the framework.

Consider using the ember-cli-deprecation-workflow addon if you would like to upgrade your application without immediately addressing deprecations.

For more details on changes in Ember.js 3.16, please review the Ember.js 3.16.0 release page.

Deprecate Global Resolver (1 of 1)

Over the past years we have transitioned to using Ember-CLI as the main way to compile Ember apps. The globals resolver is a holdover and primarily facilitates use of Ember without Ember-CLI.

For more information please refer to the deprecations guide.

Ember Data

Ember Data is the official data persistence library for Ember.js applications.

Changes in Ember Data 3.16

New Features (0)

No new features introduced in Ember Data 3.16.

Deprecations (0)

No new deprecations introduced in Ember Data 3.16.

For more details on changes in Ember Data 3.16, please review the Ember Data 3.16.0 release page.

Ember CLI

Ember CLI is the command line interface for managing and packaging Ember.js applications.

Upgrading Ember CLI

You may upgrade Ember CLI using the ember-cli-update project:

npm install -g ember-cli-update

This utility will help you to update your app or add-on to the latest Ember CLI version. You will probably encounter merge conflicts, in which the default behavior is to let you resolve conflicts on your own. For more information on the ember-cli-update project, see the github README.

While it is recommended to keep Ember CLI versions in sync with Ember and Ember Data, this is not required. After updating ember-cli, you can keep your current version(s) of Ember or Ember Data by editing package.json to revert the changes to the lines containing ember-source and ember-data.

Changes in Ember CLI 3.16

New Features (2)

Drop Node 8 support (1 of 2)

Ember CLI 3.16 officially drops support for Node 8. Ember.js still supports it until all the blueprints are updated. Maintainers of addons are encouraged to make a major version release of their addons when upgrading to 3.16, since dropping Node 8 support may be a breaking change for some of their library's users.

Drop Ember 3.8 from ember-try test scenarios in addon blueprints (2 of 2)

For addons that are upgrading to version 3.16 of Ember CLI, note that the ember-try.js scenarios in the blueprints no longer include 3.8. Addon maintainers who decide to also drop Ember 3.8 from their own test scenarios are encouraged to make a major version release of their addons.

Deprecations (0)

There are no new deprecations in Ember CLI 3.16.

For more details on the changes in Ember CLI 3.16 and detailed upgrade instructions, please review the Ember CLI 3.16.0 release page.

Thank You!

As a community-driven open-source project with an ambitious scope, each of these releases serve as a reminder that the Ember project would not have been possible without your continued support. We are extremely grateful to our contributors for their efforts.