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Movable Type 5.0 Release Candidate 2

By Beau Smith
Posted November 18, 2009, in MT5.

Movable Type 5.0 Release Candidate 2 is now available.

Here’s the highlights…

  • A lot of work to get the dynamic publishing in sync with the static publishing.
  • Updates to the Professional blog templates
  • Unbundling of Motion and Action Streams
  • The Entry/Page “previous” and “next” container tags now account for entries/pages with the same date-time, rather than skipping them.

And many more bug fixes.

Release Notes for MT5 RC2


Warning! - This software is not recommended for any production environment.

Check out the Pre-Release Software License Agreement for more details about using the software.

Please report bugs and submit feature requests you find.

Plugin Support

Many MT4 plugins will work with MT5 (or only need minor updates) as much of the core functionality in MT5 hasn’t changed dramatically.

Plugins which do not work correctly in MT5 due to the following reasons:

The most common reasons for plugins not working in MT5:

  • Plugin relies on a transformers (code which searches for other code to replace) may be broken because of changes the application templates.
  • YAML may be improperly formatted. YAML::Tiny has been replaced by the more strict YAML::Syck perl module.
  • Characters may be more garbled if text is not encoded using UTF-8. MT5 is more strictly using UTF-8.
  • Bundled CPAN modules have been updated. If plugin relies upon any bundled versions of these modules, plugin should be updated to be compatible with the bundled version.
  • The method of adding links into the UI hasn’t changed, but the UI has changed. Links placed into the UI by the plugin will have to be updated.
  • PHP4 has been deprecated in exchange for PHP5. All PHP code must be compatible with PHP5 or plugin functionality may not work when publishing dynamically.
  • Database accessor has changed to use Active Record from EZSQL, thus PHP database queries must be compatible with Active Record or must use the MT API.
  • Though plugins written in older “.pl” style (instead of YAML style) are supported in MT5, their “age” may generally be a source of issues.

One of the developers in Japan tested many of the most popular plugins for MT5 compatibility. See his results here:

New Template Tags in MT5

The Japanese documentation site has all tags marked “New in MT5”. We’ll be updating the English template tag docs to include these new tags.

MT5 Release Schedule

The release schedule has been updated, here’s the current plan:

  • MT5.0 RC2 - released today.
  • MT5.0 RC3 - to be released this Friday, November 20. Will include a few remaining bugs and localization of European language versions.
  • MT5.0 - first week of December (November 26th in Japan) should all go according to plan.

Found a Bug?

  1. To avoid duplication of efforts, search existing bugs (from the feedback page) before submitting a new bug.
  2. Submit a bug in the Greyhound (MT5) Beta

Have a Question?

Ask questions about this release or Movable Type 5 in general in one of these places:




Zhu8 on November 19, 2009, 7:23 a.m. Reply

I’m using MT 5 now,hope MT 5 Final comes quickly:)

Mike Baehr

Mike Baehr on November 24, 2009, 8:58 p.m. Reply

Really looking forward to this, thanks!


Ogden on July 31, 2012, 4:53 a.m. Reply

I agree with Chin. Everything is simply great and fits to my need for large and everyday updated web site. Thank you.

Lina Kochovska

Lina Kochovska on September 4, 2012, 4:57 a.m. Reply

I am wandering when do you plan to translate Moveable type in different languages except the main ones. Wordress have translation on more than 160 languages already.

Melany Parker

Melany Parker on September 11, 2012, 1:35 a.m. Reply

Google translator to English from Japanese is far far away from good. However, if I have understand the translation correctly there are few small problems which should be solved with some of the plugins, right?

Hollie Robertson

Hollie Robertson on October 19, 2012, 7:45 p.m. Reply

Hello, I have a question. What we are supposed to do if we use plugin from Moveable Type 4 which is not working correctly on MT5 and hasn’t the needed update?

Lyu Robertson

Lyu Robertson on November 1, 2012, 6:15 a.m. Reply

Hello, a newbie question from Slovakia. Can you tell me a bit more about the difference between the dynamic publishing and the static publishing? I suppose it it an easy answer, but can I say something more than - newbie…

Monika Gordon

Monika Gordon on November 6, 2012, 11:54 a.m. Reply

If you have a plugin which doesn’t work with Moveable Type fifth series you should simply send a message to the creator of the plugin to make the necessary changes and everything will be OK soon after that.


colin_ng on November 16, 2012, 4:31 a.m. Reply

Hollie, the best you can do is to contact the author of the plugin for Moveable type. The creator can do the necessary changes in the plugin so it should start working properly again.


Veva on December 12, 2012, 11:47 p.m. Reply

When the official release for publishers of Movable Type 5 is planned?


ScottJ0 on January 22, 2013, 1:13 a.m. Reply

MT 5 works great as compare to MT 4 but only problem with this is that some of plugin doesn’t work, it will be great if this fixed soon.