phpBB — Updating

Overview

This article explains how to upgrade the version of your phpBB site. You have two options to upgrade:

Upgrading via FTP

  1. View the following link for instructions on how to download phpBB using an FTP client.
  2. Follow all steps up to extracting the .zip file contents.
  3. Once extracted, navigate into the directory titled phpBB-x.x.x.zip. You will see a list of files and directories. Delete config.php, as well as the images and files folders.
  4. Upload the remaining files and folders in this directory into your site's phpBB install directory in the right pane.

    This may take several minutes as there are many files to upload.

  5. Log into your site at example.com/install/.
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  6. Click the Update tab from the top menu.
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  7. Click the Update button.
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  8. Click the Submit button to start the database update.
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  9. Once you see a confirmation message displayed, delete the /install directory from your site via FTP to complete the process.

Upgrading via SSH

  1. View the following link for instructions on how to download phpBB via SSH:
  2. Follow all steps up to extracting the .zip file contents.
  3. Once extracted, navigate into the directory titled phpBB-x.x.x.zip. You will see a list of files and directories. Use the rm command to delete config.php, as well as the images and files folders. For example:
    [server]$ rm FILENAME
    [server]$ rm -rf DIRECTORY
  4. Navigate one directory up:
    [server]$ cd ..
  5. Copy the phpBB-x.x.x directory into your site's root directory:
    [server]$ cp -r ./phpBB-x.x.x /home/user/example.com/
  6. Navigate to your site at example.com/install/.
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  7. Choose the Update tab from the top menu.
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  8. Click the Update button.
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  9. Click the Submit button to start the database update.
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  10. Once you see a confirmation message displayed, delete the /install directory from your site via SSH to complete the process.

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