I'm using CyanogenMod and all of the updates are always "nightly". What does this mean? I'd prefer a more stable update then the newest with latest features. Is there anyway to get this (I have noticed some stability issues)?

See here for what I'm talking about: https://download.cyanogenmod.org/?type=nightly

By the way, I always update from my phones update feature for CM.

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    In a nutshell, Nightly has the latest technology available while Stable is bit old but heavily tested technology. Depending upon your requirements, you may choose either of them. Just be aware that Nightly is supposed to cause issues at some point by its very nature.
    – Firelord
    Jun 3, 2015 at 21:19

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From FAQ on Cyanogenmod Forums :


These builds are highly experimental. They are the bleeding edge and it is possible for things to break. These are automated builds that are used to test whether the code added to the code base compiles properly. If it does compile, that’s a result. If it doesn’t compile, that is also a result.

The CyanogenMod team releases these builds to the public to allow them to see the progress made. Usually these builds work great and many people use them as “daily drivers”. However, due to the raw nature and the fast-paced development environment of CyanogenMod, things can go wrong. The dev team does not accept official bug reports for these because of the ongoing development.

More Info:

Nightlies are not released as an end product.

What does this mean? It means they are built, automatically and periodically, with no human intervention and no audience in mind whatsoever. They are not verified before being published, and their principal purpose is to compile code and see if it builds on a per device basis. Build failed? That’s a positive result. Build completed? That’s a positive result.

What's a stable build?

Once a build has gone through all the development and testing phases, the CM team will release the stable builds. After a stable is released, the team goes back to developing nightlies. It is an ongoing process and will always allow you to see the progress that is being made.

Where do I find Stable and Nightly builds for my device?

If your device is officially supported then visit here and choose the build based on your needs from the left pane:


Otherwise, see this link for unofficial ports.

  • So for the Xperia Z2 there's no stable? download.cyanogenmod.org/?device=sirius&type=stable
    – Celeritas
    Jun 5, 2015 at 18:34
  • I checked all, seems to be only nightlies available. You may ask on Cyanogenmod forums to know the reason for such unavailability.
    – Firelord
    Jun 5, 2015 at 18:37
  • @Firelord "Stable" doesnt exist anymore. For a "stable" ROM you should choose "snapshot".
    – Thomas Vos
    Jun 5, 2015 at 20:16
  • @SuperThomasLab I disagree. Stable (CM12) was available for OnePlus One two months ago. Surprisingly, only nightlies, test are available now. If I go by your suggestion, then I'll end up with CM11 and not CM12 (at least in case of OnePlus One) :)
    – Firelord
    Jun 5, 2015 at 20:28
  • Umm, about anymore, since when do you think they are unavailable? Did this decision was consider by CM few weeks ago?
    – Firelord
    Jun 5, 2015 at 20:34

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