Elixir 1.5 is out now

New version of young and interesting programming language is available now
25 July 2017   1834

Dynamic, functional language designed for building scalable and maintainable applications.

Great news for Elixir coders! Finally, new 1.5 version on this language is available.

According to the developers, Elixir v1.5 brings many improvements to the developer experience and quality of life. Many of those are powered by the latest Erlang/OTP 20. This is also the last Elixir release that supports Erlang/OTP 18.

Let's figure out, what new features are available.

UTF-8 atoms, function names and variables

Elixir v1.5 supports non-quoted atoms and variables to be in UTF-8 when using Erlang/OTP 20. For example:

test "こんにちは世界" do
  assert :こんにちは世界


saudação = "Bom dia!"

IEx helpers and breakpoints

IEx got many enhancements to the developer experience.

First of all, the autocompletion system is now capable of autocompleting variables and user imports. 

IEx also got new functions, such as exports/1, for listing all functions and macros in a module, and the new runtime_info/0

Finally, IEx also features a breakpoint system for code debugging when running on Erlang/OTP 20. The following functions have been added to aid debugging:

  • break!/2 - sets up a breakpoint for a given Mod.fun/arity
  • break!/4 - sets up a breakpoint for the given module, function, arity
  • breaks/0 - prints all breakpoints and their ids
  • continue/0 - continues until the next breakpoint in the same process
  • open/0 - opens editor on the current breakpoint
  • remove_breaks/0 - removes all breakpoints in all modules
  • remove_breaks/1 - removes all breakpoints in a given module
  • reset_break/1 - sets the number of stops on the given id to zero
  • reset_break/3 - sets the number of stops on the given module, function, arity to zer
  • respawn/0 - starts a new shell (breakpoints will ask for permission once more)
  • whereami/1 - shows the current location


Exception.blame/3 is a new function in Elixir that is capable of attaching debug information to certain exceptions. Currently this is used to augment FunctionClauseErrors with a summary of all clauses and which parts of clause match and which ones didn’t.

Since blaming an exception can be expensive, Exception.blame/3 must be used exclusively in debugging situations. It is not advised to apply it to production components such as a Logger. This feature has been integrated into the compiler, the command line, ExUnit and IEx.

Streamlined child specs

Elixir v1.5 streamlines how supervisors are defined and used in Elixir. Elixir now allows child specifications, which specify how a child process is supervised, to be defined in modules.


This release also allows developers to mark which functions in a given module are an implementation of a callback. 

Calendar improvements

Elixir v1.3 introduced the Calendar module with the underlying TimeDateNaiveDateTimeand Datetime data types. Developers are glad to announce we consider the base Calendar API to be finished in Elixir v1.5. This release includes many enhancements, such as Date.range/2 and the ability to convert between different calendars.

You can have more information at GitHub and Elixir-Lang.

Elixir v1.7.0-rc.0 Released

Development team ask community to try out new release 
17 July 2018   1285

Elixir team rolled out zero release candidate for version 1.7.0.

Hi everyone,

We have just released v1.7.0-rc.0.

Please give it a try! You can either compile the v1.7 branch from source OR use the precompiled files, as described in our install page 11.

Note that you will need {:ex_doc, "~> 0.19-rc"}if you want to generate docs using the release candidate.

Happy coding!


Creator, Elixir

Currently Elixir supports two metadata keys: :deprecated and :since. Other keys will be added in the future. 

To access the new documentation, developers should use Code.fetch_docs/1. The old documentation format is no longer available and the old Code.get_docs/1 function will return nil accordingly.

Tools like IEx and ExDoc have been updated to leverage the new format and show relevant metadata to users

Learn more at GitHub