It’s exciting to announce the release of Backdrop CMS version 1.12.0 on Backdrop’s 4th Birthday (and the follow-up security release 1.12.1 the next day)! Backdrop CMS version 1.12 comes with a number of bug fixes, improvements to the user interface, and a suite of new features, such as:

Backdrop core can now self-update.

In addition to doing module, theme, and layout updates from within Backdrop, version 1.12 now includes the ability to manually update backdrop itself. This is the next step in our journey towards providing automatic updates. 

New Icons in the Admin Bar

As part of our visual update, we’ve had a clamouring for more iconography throughout our administration. New icons now appear in the admin bar, to match those that were added on the admin overview page.

A simpler way to provide options for selects, radios, and checkboxes.

If you were a fan of the Options Element module for Drupal 7, do we have a surprise for you! That simple interface now works on fields in core:

Tags for modules

We now have the ability to add any number of descriptive Tags to our modules, themes, and layouts. Tags now appear on the modules page (collapsed by default), and are searchable via the filter box at the top of that list.

screen shot of tags for modules

A new contact block.

Want to put your site’s contact form in the footer? It’s a piece of cake now with Backdrop’s new contact block. 

screen shot of a contact form block

Grids in Views now use CSS grids

Hey there front-end developers, we know you want to play with CSS grids. We’ve converted those old HTML tables to shiny new grids for you (but don’t worry, if you’d built any before they’ll remain tables until you’re ready to convert them).

Notes for updating:

  • If you are using the Options Element contrib module, it will need to be disabled before updating to this version.
  • It will be necessary to run the update script (located at /update.php) for this release.
  • No changes have been made to the .htaccess, robots.txt or default settings.php files in this release, so upgrading custom versions of those files is not necessary.


If you're using the Backdrop 1.12 release and would like to provide feedback, we'd love to hear from you in our forum.

To see all the other improvements packaged in the 1.12.0 and 1.12.1 release, take a look at our release notes on GitHub!