GovCMS Drupal 8 update 8.x-1.6 (July 2020)

The latest GovCMS Drupal 8 (D8) distribution was released on Friday 24 July 2020. It will be deployed on Monday 27 July 2020.  

What is included in the update?

This release contains:

  • Drupal core update from 8.8.8 to 8.9.1
  • module updates
  • bug fixes
  • a change to the lifetime setting of authenticated sessions.

Drupal core update

Drupal core update to 8.9.1 will ensure compatibility and the smallest necessary changes for Drupal 9.

Module updates

The table below identifies the four modules updated for D9 compatibility.




Entity Reference Display module from 1.2 to 1.3

field_group module from 8.x-3.0 to 8.x3.1

Modifiers module to 1.3 to 1.4

Paragraphs module from 1.10 to 1.12

What does the update remove from the GovCMS D8 distribution?

The update does not remove or disable modules.

What support will be provided for the GovCMS D8 distribution after the update?

The GovCMS D8 distribution will continue to be supported after this update.

What must my organisation do now?

Platform as a Service (PaaS) customers should review the detailed information about this update. You may need to apply updates. Updated files are available from:

SaaS customers don’t need to perform any actions as part of the deployment but do need to check their site after the deployment to ensure there aren’t any issues. If you have any concerns, create a GovCMS Service Desk ticket at

All customers. Changes to the Session lifetime setting mean content editors will no longer be automatically logged out after a set time. All customers should protect the security of your website by taking the following steps: 

  • log out at the end of a session by selecting the logout option in the admin toolbar, or 
  • close the entire browser to end the session.  

Important: just closing the browser tab alone will not end the session. 

We also highly recommend you ‘opt in’ to use two-factor authentication (2FA). 2FA is one of the most effective controls you have to prevent unauthorised access to accounts on your website.  Instructions on how to set up 2FA are available on the GovCMS Service Desk. 

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