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    Manual ownCloud Upgrade


    This section describes how to manually upgrade your ownCloud installation.

    Enable Maintenance Mode

    Put your server in maintenance mode and disable Cron jobs. Doing so prevents new logins, locks the sessions of logged-in users, and displays a status screen so that users know what is happening.

    There are two ways to enable maintenance mode.

    1. The preferred method is to use the occ command — which you must run as your webserver user.
      # Enable maintenance mode using the occ command.
      sudo -u www-data php occ maintenance:mode --on
    2. The other way is by changing the value in your config.php file and replacing 'maintenance' ⇒ false, to 'maintenance' ⇒ true,.
    In a clustered environment please check that all nodes are in maintenance mode.

    Stop the Webserver

    With those steps completed, stop your webserver.

    # Stop the web server
    sudo service apache2 stop

    Backup Your Existing Installation

    First, backup the following items:

    1. The complete ownCloud directory
    2. The ownCloud server database
    # This example assumes Ubuntu Linux and MariaDB
    # Rename owncloud directory
    mv /var/www/owncloud /var/www/owncloud-old-version-number
    # Backup the Database
    mysqldump -u<username> -p<password> <databasename> > <ownCloud-Version-Dump.sql>

    In clustered environment please check that all nodes are in maintenance mode.

    Review Third-Party Apps

    Review any installed third-party apps for compatibility with the new ownCloud release. Ensure that they are all disabled before beginning the upgrade. Third party apps are all apps that are not distributed by ownCloud or not listed in Supported Apps in ownCloud.

    1. Disable via Command Line
      # This command lists all apps by <app-id> and app version
      sudo -u www-data php occ app:list
      # This command disables the app with the given <app-id>
      sudo -u www-data php occ app:disable <app-id>
    2. Disable via Browser
      Goto Settings  Admin  Apps and disable all third-party apps

    Download the Latest Installation

    Download the latest ownCloud server release where your current installation was. In this example /var/www/

    cd /var/www/
    Enterprise users must download their new ownCloud archives from their accounts on

    To download the tarball from you will need a command like this:



    For this description we assume that your existing ownCloud installation is located in the default location: /var/www/owncloud. The path might differ, depending on your installation.

    Extract the New Source

    Extract the new server release in the location of your original ownCloud installation.

    tar -xvf owncloud-10.2.1.tar.bz2

    With the new source files now in place of the old ones, next copy the config.php file from your old ownCloud directory to your new ownCloud directory:

    sudo cp /var/www/owncloud-old-version-number/config/config.php /var/www/owncloud/config/config.php

    If you keep your data/ directory inside your owncloud/ directory, move it from your old version of ownCloud to your new version:

    mv /var/www/owncloud-old-version-number/data /var/www/owncloud/data

    If you keep your data outside of your owncloud directory, then you don’t have to do anything with it, because its location is configured in your original config.php, and none of the upgrade steps touch it.

    Market and Marketplace App Upgrades

    Before getting too far into the upgrade process, please be aware of how the Market app and its configuration options affect the upgrade process.

    The Market app — and other apps from the Marketplace — will not be updated when you upgrade ownCloud, if upgrade.automatic-app-update is set to true in config.php.

    In addition, if there are installed apps (whether compatible or incompatible with the next version, or missing source code) and the Market app is enabled but there is no available internet connection, these apps will need to be manually updated once the upgrade is finished.

    Copy Old Apps

    If you are using third party or enterprise applications, look in your new /var/www/owncloud/apps/ directory to see if they are present. If not, copy them from your old apps/ directory to your new one.


    To finalize the preparation of the upgrade, you need to set the correct ownership of the new ownCloud files and folders.

    sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/owncloud

    Start the Upgrade

    With the apps disabled and ownCloud in maintenance mode, start the upgrade process from the command line:

    # Here is an example on Ubuntu Linux.
    # Execute this within the ownCloud root folder.
    sudo -u www-data php occ upgrade

    The upgrade operation can take anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours, depending on the size of your installation. When it is finished you will see either a success message, or an error message which indicates why the process did not complete successfully.

    Disable Maintenance Mode

    Assuming your upgrade succeeded, next disable maintenance mode.

    # Disable maintenance mode using the occ command.
    sudo -u www-data php occ maintenance:mode --off

    Restart the Webserver

    With all that done, restart your web server:

    sudo service apache2 start

    Finalize the Installation

    With maintenance mode disabled, login and:

    • Check that the version number reflects the new installation.
      It can be reviewed at the bottom of Settings  Admin  General.
    • Check that your other settings are correct.
    • Go to the Settings  Admin  Apps page and review the core apps to make sure the right ones are enabled.
    • After the upgrade is complete, re-enable any third-party apps that are compatible with the new release.
      1. Enable via Command Line
        # This command enables the app with the given <app-id>
        sudo -u www-data php occ app:enable <app-id>
      2. Enable via Browser

    Go to Settings  Admin  Apps  “Show disabled apps” and enable all compatible third-party apps

    + WARNING: Install or enable unsupported apps at your own risk.


    If you need to rollback your upgrade, see the Restoring ownCloud documentation.


    When upgrading ownCloud and you are running MySQL or MariaDB with binary logging enabled, your upgrade may fail with these errors in your MySQL/MariaDB log:

    An unhandled exception has been thrown:
    exception 'PDOException' with the message 'SQLSTATE[HY000]: General error: 1665
    Cannot execute statement: impossible to write to binary log since
    BINLOG_FORMAT = STATEMENT and at least one table uses a storage engine limited to row-based logging. InnoDB is limited to row-logging when transaction isolation level is READ COMMITTED or READ UNCOMMITTED.'

    Please refer to MySQL / MariaDB with Binary Logging Enabled on how to correctly configure your environment.

    In the unlikely case that files do not show up in the web-ui after the upgrade, use the files:scan command to make them visible again. Here is an example of how to do so:

    sudo -u www-data php occ files:scan --all

    See the support page for further resources for both home and enterprise users.

    Sometimes, ownCloud can get stuck in a upgrade. This is usually due to the process taking too long and encountering a PHP time-out. Stop the upgrade process this way:

    sudo -u www-data php occ maintenance:mode --off

    Then start the manual process:

    sudo -u www-data php occ upgrade

    If this does not work properly, try the repair function:

    sudo -u www-data php occ maintenance:repair
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