What is Star Wars Canon?
Lucasfilm has made it clear that only the films, the Clone Wars series, and Star Wars: Rebels, are considered official canon. All novels, comics, and video games released in late 2014 and onward are also considered official canon. Anything released before this is called Legends, and is not canon. Think of it like the old DC Universe comics, back in the ’40s. It’s official, but not canon.
Here, you can find official Star Wars story timelines for both. The official Star Wars canon will not include anything from the Legends material, and vice versa. If anything listed in the Legends section is confirmed to be official canon, it will be moved to the appropriate section.
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These lists attempt to create a reading order (or in some cases viewing/playing order) for all major pieces of the Star Wars universe. This includes primarily all movies and television programs, novels, YA books, short stories, comic books, and video games of a canonical nature. This list does not attempt to split up any novels so that they are read congruently, but rather focuses on an easy to follow reading list. In the event that two works cover the exact same timeframe the one published first is read first. Additionally the placement within the timeline is often based on where the work ends rather than where it begins. There may be a few exceptions which will be pointed out in individual reviews.
There are a few pieces of Star Wars media that are not included either because of lack of availability, or because of a lack of relevance to the canon. These include Role-Playing-Game scenarios, and books for child readers. If there is something that is not included in the list that you think contributes to the overall timeline, let us know and we will make the change.
The first timeline only includes links to material that is officially approved by the Lucasfilm story group as official canon in the new continuity. So if you want to know what is Star Wars canon, don’t forget to check out the first timeline.
- BBY: refers to Before the Battle of Yavin which is considered year 0 in Star Wars, essentially Star Wars IV: A New Hope is epicenter of the Star Wars timeline.
- ABY: conversely refers to the years After the Battle of Yavin.