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GitHub Actions; All Actions will run on Node20 instead of Node16 by default

Node16 has been out of support since September 2023. As a result we have started the deprecation process of Node16 for GitHub Actions. We plan to migrate all actions to run on Node20 by Spring 2024.
Following on from our warning in workflows using Node16 we will start enforcing the use of Node20 rather than Node16 on the 3rd of June.

If you would like to test this ahead of timer, you can choose to set
FORCE_JAVASCRIPT_ACTIONS_TO_NODE20=true
as an ‘env’ in their workflow or as an environment variable on your runner machine to force the use of Node20 now.

To opt out of this and continue using Node16 while it is still available in the runner, you can choose to set ACTIONS_ALLOW_USE_UNSECURE_NODE_VERSION=true
as an ‘env’ in their workflow or as an environment variable on your runner machine. This will only work until we upgrade the runner removing Node16 later in the spring.

Removal of Operating System support for non-Node20 OS versions

To support this change, we will be removing the Action runner support for the following operating systems which do not have official support for Node20:
– Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7
– CentOS 7
– Oracle Linux 7
– Debian 9
– Ubuntu 16.04
– Linux Mint 18
– openSUSE 15
– SUSE Enterprise Linux (SLES) 12 SP2
– Windows 7 64-bit
– Windows 8.1 64-bit

To find out more about our currently supported OS versions, please read our public docs

What you need to do

For Actions maintainers: Update your actions to run on Node20 instead of Node16 (Actions configuration settings)
For Actions users: Update your workflows with latest versions of the actions which runs on Node20 (Using versions for Actions)

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