Koha 3.16.4 released

The Koha community is pleased to announce the release of version 3.16.4 of the Koha library automation system.

Koha 3.16.4 is a bugfix/maintenance release. Some of the bugs fixed are serious; users of earlier releases of Koha 3.16.x are urged to upgrade as soon as possible.

It can be downloaded from download.koha-community.org. Debian packages of Koha 3.16.4 will be available shortly.

01 Oct 2014

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 3.16.4 can be downloaded from:


Installation instructions can be found at:

    OR in the INSTALL files that come in the tarball

Koha 3.16.4 is a bugfix/maintenance release. Some of the bugs fixed
are serious; users of earlier releases of Koha 3.16.x are urged to
upgrade as soon as possible.

It includes 0 features, 3 enhancements and 19 bugfixes.

Enhancements in 3.16.4

Architecture, internals, and plumbing
    12151   Remove remaining uses of the Perl smartmatch operator

    11703   Convert checkouts table to ajax datatable

    12492   Package dependency changes to account for bug 12393

Critical bugs fixed in 3.16.4

    12619   major   Shipment date gets lost on finishing the invoice

Hold requests
    12873   critical    Reserve can be cancelled by any logged in user

    12717   critical    Library no longer receiving overdue email for
                        patrons without email address

    12371   critical    Links in every patron self-registration email
                        points to a single borrower

    12432   major   Saved reports tabs not working

    12593   critical    Search facets die with regex error if biblio has square brackets in fields

    10519   major   Suggestions: 'Organize by' and correct display of tab descriptions broken
    12963   major   Columns misplaced in moremember.tt

Other bugs fixed in 3.16.4

    12438   minor   Bad encoding in acquisition basket

    12419   normal  Not for loan items are not listed

    12729   normal  Overdue items won't show as overdue in red in circulation
    12811   normal  Patron 'Details' and 'Check out' pages not working properly
                    for staff users which don't have renewal override permissions
    12899   normal  Row grouping in checkouts table is alphabetical and layout
                    depends on words chosen in translation

Hold requests
    12876   normal  Reserve in waiting/transfer status may be cancelled by user

MARC Bibliographic data support
    12465   normal  XSLT: Missing punctuation between 710$a and $b

    12788   normal  Refine search displays 4xx fields from authority records
    12405   minor   Search links on callnumber fails on intranet results page
    12600   trivial Duplicated use statement in Search.pm

    12429   normal  Patron seeing fines codes

System requirements

    Important notes:
    * Perl 5.10 is required
    * Zebra is required


The Koha manual is maintained in DocBook.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



Complete or near-complete translations of the OPAC and staff
interface are available in this release for the following languages:

  * English (USA)
  * Arabic (99%)
  * Armenian (100%)
  * Chinese (China) (99%)
  * Chinese (Taiwan) (100%)
  * Czech (99%)
  * Danish (86%)
  * English (New Zealand) (81%)
  * French (95%)
  * French (Canada) (83%)
  * German (100%)
  * German (Switzerland) (99%)
  * Italian (99%)
  * Kurdish (68%)
  * Norwegian Bokmål (65%)
  * Polish (85%)
  * Portuguese (99%)
  * Portuguese (Brazil) (88%)
  * Slovak (99%)
  * Spanish (100%)
  * Swedish (86%)
  * Turkish (100%)
  * Vietnamese (85%)

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 3.16.4 is
  Release Manager:       Tomás Cohen Arazi 
  Documentation Manager: Nicole C Engard 
  Translation Manager:   Bernardo Gonzalez Kriegel 
  QA Manager:            Katrin Fischer 
  QA Team:               Galen Charlton 
                         Chris Cormack 
                         Marcel de Rooy ,
                         Jonathan Druart ,
                         Brendan Gallagher 
                         Kyle Hall 
                         Julian Maurice 
                         Paul Poulain 
                         Martin Renvoize 
  Module Maintainers:    Jared Camins-Esakov 
                         Chris Cormack 
                         Galen Charlton 
                         Marcel de Rooy ,
                         Jonathan Druart ,
                         Brendan Gallagher 
                         Kyle Hall 
                         Chris Nighswonger 
                         Fridolin Somers 
  Bug Wranglers:         Magnus Enger 
                         Alex Sassmannshausen 
  Packaging Manager:     Robin Sheat 
  Database Documentation Manager:
                         Zeno Tajoli 

  Release Maintainer (3.12.x): Kyle Hall 
  Release Maintainer (3.14.x): Fridolin Somers 
  Release Maintainer (3.16.x): Galen Charlton 


We thank the following libraries who are known to have sponsored
new features in Koha 3.16.4:
  * Universidad Nacional de Cordoba

We thank the following individuals who contributed patches to Koha 3.16.4.
  *      4  Jacek Ablewicz
  *     11  Tomas Cohen Arazi
  *      1  Colin Campbell
  *      3  Jonathan Druart
  *      1  Katrin Fischer
  *      3  Kyle M Hall
  *      3  Rafal Kopaczka
  *      1  Bernardo Gonzalez Kriegel
  *      3  Owen Leonard
  *      2  Dobrica Pavlinusic
  *      1  Robin Sheat
  *      2  Fridolin Somers

We thank the following companies who contributed patches to Koha 3.16.4
  *       3 ACPL                                                                                          
  *       1 BSZ BW                                                                                         
  *       5 BibLibre                                                                                    
  *       3 ByWater-Solutions                                                                   
  *       1 Catalyst                                                                                 
  *       1 PTFS-Europe                                                                              
  *       4 biblos.pk.edu.pl
  *       3 poczta.onet.pl
  *       2 rot13.org                                                                                      
  *      12 unidentified

We also especially thank the following individuals who tested patches
for Koha 3.16.4.
  *       3 Aleisha
  *      34 Tomas Cohen Arazi
  *       3 Christopher Brannon
  *      34 Galen Charlton
  *       4 Nick Clemens
  *       3 David Cook
  *       2 Chris Cormack
  *       5 Jonathan Druart
  *       1 Nicole C. Engard
  *      22 Katrin Fischer
  *       6 Kyle M Hall
  *       2 Bernardo Gonzalez Kriegel
  *       2 Owen Leonard
  *       1 Liz Rea
  *       1 Martin Renvoize
  *       3 Marcel de Rooy
  *       1 Paola Rossi

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 3.16.x.

The last Koha release was 3.8.21, which was released on January 2, 2014.

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)