Koha 18.11.12 released


23 Dec 2019

The Koha community is proud to announce the release of 18.11.12.
This is a maintenance release and contains many bugfixes and
1 enhancement.

This is my first release as the 18.11.XX release maintainer.
Thank you very much to everyone involved in this release.

Koha is the first free and open source software library automation
package (ILS). Development is sponsored by libraries of varying types
and sizes, volunteers, and support companies from around the world. The
website for the Koha project is:

Koha 18.11.12 can be downloaded from:

Installation instructions can be found at:

  • Koha Wiki
  • OR in the INSTALL files that come in the tarball

Koha 18.11.12 is a bugfix/maintenance release.

It includes 1 enhancements, 11 bugfixes.

System requirements

Koha is continuously tested against the following configurations and as such these are the recommendations for

  • Debian Jessie with MySQL 5.5
  • Debian Stretch with MariaDB 10.1 (MySQL 8.0 support is experimental)
  • Ubuntu Bionic with MariaDB 10.1 (MariaDB 10.3 support is experimental)

Additional notes:

  • Perl 5.10 is required
  • Zebra or Elasticsearch is required



  • [23389] Add ‘All’ option to report value dropdowns

    This enhancement adds the ability to optionally include an all option in report placeholders allowing for an ‘All’ option to be displayed in filter select lists.

    Usage: WHERE branchcode LIKE <<Branch|branches:all>>

Critical bugs fixed

Searching – Elasticsearch

  • [23089] Elasticsearch – cannot sort on non-text fields

Other bugs fixed

Course reserves

  • [23952] Fix body id on OPAC course details page

Fines and fees

  • [23483] When writing off a fine, the title of the patron is shown as description


  • [13749] On loading holds in patron account ‘processing’ is not translatable


  • [23506] Sound material type displays wrong icon in OPAC/Staff details


  • [21939] Permission for holds history tab is too strict


  • [23768] ISBN search in IntranetCatalogPulldown searches nothing if passed an invalid ISBN and using SearchWithISBNVariations
  • [24120] Search terms in search dropdown must be URI filtered


  • [23954] Format notes in suggestion management

Test Suite

  • [24145] Auth.t is failing because of wrong mocked ->param
  • [24199] t/Auth_with_shibboleth.t is failing randomly


The Koha manual is maintained in Sphinx. The home page for Koha
documentation is

As of the date of these release notes, only the English version of the
Koha manual is available:

The Git repository for the Koha manual can be found at

Partial translations are available for various other languages.

The Koha team welcomes additional translations; please see

For information about translating Koha, and join the koha-translate
list to volunteer:

The most up-to-date translations can be found at:

Release Team

The release team for Koha 18.11.12 is

  • Release Manager: Martin Renvoize

  • Release Manager assistants:

    • Tomás Cohen Arazi
    • Jonathan Druart
  • QA Manager: Katrin Fischer

  • QA Team:

    • Tomás Cohen Arazi
    • Nick Clemens
    • Jonathan Druart
    • Kyle Hall
    • Josef Moravec
    • Marcel de Rooy
    • Joonas Kylmälä
  • Topic Experts:

    • REST API — Tomás Cohen Arazi
    • SIP2 — Colin Campbell
    • EDI — Colin Campbell
    • UI Design — Owen Leonard
    • Elasticsearch — Fridolin Somers
    • ILS-DI — Arthur Suzuki
    • Authentication — Martin Renvoize
    • ILL — Andrew Isherwood
  • Bug Wranglers:

    • Michal Denár
    • Cori Lynn Arnold
    • Lisette Scheer
    • Amit Gupta
  • Packaging Manager: Mirko Tietgen

  • Documentation Managers:

    • Caroline Cyr La Rose
    • David Nind
  • Documentation Team:

    • Donna Bachowski
    • Caroline Cyr La Rose
    • Lucy Vaux-Harvey
    • Sugandha Bajaj
    • David Nind
  • Translation Managers: Bernardo González Kriegel

  • Release Maintainers:

    • 19.11 — Joy Nelson
    • 19.05 — Lucas Gass
    • 18.11 — Hayley Mapley


We thank the following individuals who contributed patches to Koha 18.11.12.

  • Nick Clemens (8)
  • Jonathan Druart (3)
  • Katrin Fischer (3)
  • Lucas Gass (1)
  • Owen Leonard (2)
  • Ere Maijala (1)
  • Hayley Mapley (2)
  • Koha Translators (1)

We thank the following libraries, companies, and other institutions who contributed
patches to Koha 18.11.12

  • ACPL (2)
  • BSZ BW (3)
  • ByWater-Solutions (9)
  • Catalyst (2)
  • Koha Community Developers (3)
  • University of Helsinki (1)

We also especially thank the following individuals who tested patches
for Koha.

  • Tomás Cohen Arazi (2)
  • Bob Bennhoff (1)
  • Nick Clemens (1)
  • Jonathan Druart (8)
  • Katrin Fischer (4)
  • Ere Maijala (2)
  • Hayley Mapley (15)
  • Joy Nelson (1)
  • Séverine Queune (4)
  • Martin Renvoize (16)
  • Lisette Scheer (1)

We regret any omissions. If a contributor has been inadvertently missed,
please send a patch against these release notes to

Revision control notes

The Koha project uses Git for version control. The current development
version of Koha can be retrieved by checking out the master branch of:

The branch for this version of Koha and future bugfixes in this release
line is 18.11.x.

Bugs and feature requests

Bug reports and feature requests can be filed at the Koha bug
tracker at:

He rau ringa e oti ai.
(Many hands finish the work)

Autogenerated release notes updated last on 20 Dec 2019 00:44:09.