Koha 3.8.20 released

The Koha community is proud to announce the release of 3.8.20.
This is a maintenance release and contains many bugfixes.

As always you can download the release from

27 Nov 2013

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 3.8.20 can be downloaded from:


Installation instructions can be found at:


OR in the INSTALL files that come in the tarball

Koha 3.8.20 is a bugfix/maintenance release.

It includes 0 features, 0 enhancements and 7 bugfixes.

New features in 3.8.20


Enhancements in 3.8.20


Critical bugs fixed in 3.8.20


Other bugs fixed in 3.8.20

8670 trivial Update POD of C4::Branch::GetBranches() to use TT syntax
10763 trivial Update POD of C4::Creators::Lib::html_table() to use TT syntax
10764 trivial Update POD of C4::Items::GetItemStatus() to use TT syntax
10765 trivial Update POD of C4::Koha::GetSupportList() to use TT syntax

10645 trivial Missing zebra languages in koha-create manpage

10704 trivial Search term highlighting doesn’t work beyond the first results page

10728 trivial Subscription-renew generates unnecessary warnings in logs

New sysprefs in 3.8.20

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 (96%)
* Armenian (100%)
* Chinese (China) (97%)
* Chinese (Taiwan) (96%)
* Danish (100%)
* English (New Zealand) (96%)
* French (99%)
* French (Canada) (73%)
* German (100%)
* German (Switzerland) (95%)
* Greek (91%)
* Italian (100%)
* Kurdish (90%)
* Maori (67%)
* Norwegian Bokmål (64%)
* Portuguese (96%)
* Portuguese (Brazil) (96%)
* Slovak (100%)
* Spanish (100%)
* Turkish (100%)

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 3.8.20 is

Release Manager: Paul Poulain
Documentation Manager: Nicole C Engard
Installation Documentation Managers:
Samuel Desseaux
Mason James
Translation Manager: Bernardo Gonzalez Kriegel
QA Manager: Katrin Fischer
QA Team: Chris Cormack
Marcel de Rooy ,
Jonathan Druart ,
Brendan Gallagher
Kyle Hall
Mason James
Paul Poulain
Bug Wranglers: Magnus Enger
Packaging Manager: Robin Sheat
Live CD Manager: Nguyen Quoc Uy
VM Manager: Samuel Desseaux

Release Maintainer (3.8.x): Chris Hall
Release Maintainer (3.10.x): Bernardo Gonzalez Kriegel
Release Maintainer (3.12.x): Tomás Cohen Arazi


We thank the following libraries who are known to have sponsored
new features in Koha 3.8.20:

We thank the following individuals who contributed patches to Koha 3.8.20.
* 1 Tomas Cohen Arazi
* 1 Galen Charlton
* 1 Jonathan Field
* 1 Bernardo Gonzalez Kriegel
* 4 Owen Leonard

We thank the following companies who contributed patches to Koha 3.8.20
* 4 ACPL
* 1 Equinox
* 1 PTFS-Europe
* 2 unidentified

We also especially thank the following individuals who tested patches
for Koha 3.8.20.
* 7 Tomas Cohen Arazi
* 8 Galen Charlton
* 6 Jonathan Druart
* 4 Magnus Enger
* 1 Katrin Fischer
* 7 Chris Hall
* 2 Kyle M Hall
* 8 Bernardo Gonzalez Kriegel

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 3.8.x.

The last Koha release was 3.8.14, which was released on June 23, 2013.

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)