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Grafana Alloy backward compatibility

Grafana Alloy follows semantic versioning. Alloy is stable, and we strive to maintain backward compatibility between minor and patch versions.

Documented functionality that’s released as Generally available is covered by backward compatibility, including:

  • User configuration, including the Alloy configuration syntax, the semantics of the configuration file, and the command-line interface.

  • APIs, for any network or code API released as v1.0.0 or later.

  • Observability data used in official dashboards, where the official set of dashboards are found in the alloy-mixin/ directory.


We strive to maintain backward compatibility, but there are situations that may arise that require a breaking change without a new major version:

  • Security: A security issue may arise that requires breaking compatibility.

  • Legal requirements: If we learn that exposed behavior violates a licensing or legal requirement, a breaking change may be required.

  • Specification errors: If a specification for a feature is found to be incomplete or inconsistent, fixing the specification may require a breaking change.

  • Bugs: If a bug is found that goes against the documented specification of that functionality, fixing the bug may require breaking compatibility for users who are relying on the incorrect behavior.

  • Upstream changes: Much of the functionality of Alloy is built on top of other software, such as OpenTelemetry Collector and Prometheus. If upstream software breaks compatibility, we may need to reflect this in Alloy.

We try, whenever possible, to resolve these issues without breaking compatibility.