WordPress 4.8.1 Maintenance Release is Now Available

WordPress 4.8.1, which is a maintenance release, is now available for download. Since its release on June 8, WordPress 4.8 has been downloaded 13 million times already.

WordPress 4.8.1 contains a total of 29 maintenance fixes and enhancements. Among them, the most important ones are fixes to the rich Text widget and the introduction of the Custom HTML widget.

Additionally, the following maintenance fixes have been made:


Build/Test Tools






  • media-views.js: Cannot read .length of undefined (this.controller.$uploaderToggler.length)


  • Add filter to allow modifying response *after* embedded data is added
  • REST API: PUT requests fail on Nginx servers when fancy permalinks aren’t enabled



  • TinyMCE: Images with link and caption look “broken” when selected


If you want to check out the full list of changes, consult the release notes, the tickets closed, and the list of changes.

You can either download WordPress 4.8.1 from here or visit your website’s Dashboard → Updates and simply click “Update Now.

Websites that support automatic background updates should already begin to update to WordPress 4.8.1.

Weston Ruter, from the WordPress Development Team also thanked everyone who contributed to the WordPress 4.8.1.

Even though this is only a maintenance release, we advise all of you to update your sites as soon as possible.

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