Select2 offers limited backwards compatibility with the previously 3.5.x release line, allowing people more efficiently transfer across releases and get the latest features. For many of the larger changes, such as the change in how custom data adapters work, compatibility modules were created that will be used to assist in the upgrade process. It is not recommended to rely on these compatibility modules, as they will not always exist, but they make upgrading easier for major changes.

The compatibility modules are only included in the full builds of Select2. These files end in .full.js, and the compatibility modules are prefixed with select2/compat.