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. The preferred method is to use the occ command — which you must run as your webserver user. The other way is by entering your config.php file and changing 'maintenance' ⇒ false, to 'maintenance' ⇒ true,.

# Enable maintenance mode using the occ command.
sudo -u www-data php occ maintenance:mode --on

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

Stop the Webserver

With those steps completed, stop your webserver.

sudo service apache2 stop

Backup Your Existing Installation

First, backup the following items:

  • The ownCloud server data directory

  • The config.php file

  • All 3rd party apps

  • The ownCloud server database

# This example assumes Ubuntu Linux and MariaDB
mkdir /opt/backup/
cp -rv /var/www/owncloud /opt/backup/owncloud
mysqldump -u<username> -p<password> <databasename> > <ownCloud-Version-Dump.sql>

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.

  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 from into an empty directory outside of your current installation.

Enterprise users must download their new ownCloud archives from their accounts on


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

Rename your current ownCloud directory, for example, from owncloud to owncloud-old. Extract the unpacked ownCloud server directory and its contents to the location of your original ownCloud installation.

# Assumes that the new release was unpacked into /tmp/
sudo mv /tmp/owncloud /var/www/

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/config/config.php /var/www/owncloud/config/config.php
  • If you keep your data/ directory inside your owncloud/ directory, copy it from your old version of ownCloud to your new version.

  • If you keep it 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 is not upgraded if it is either disabled because

    • in config.php appstoreenabled is set to false)

    • or it is not available.

  • If upgrade.automatic-app-update is set to false apps installed from the Marketplace are not automatically upgraded.

In addition to these two points, 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.

Setting the Ownership for Upgrading

To finalize the preparation of the upgrade, you need to set the correct ownersip 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.

Reset Strong Permissions and Ownership

To re-harden security, we recommend setting the permissions on your ownCloud directories as strictly as possible. To get/set the correct ownership and permissions, see strong permissions. The script provided will do the job for you.

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
      Goto Settings  Admin  Apps  "Show disabled apps" and enable all compatible third-party apps

      Install or enable unsupported apps at your own risk.

Reverse Upgrade

If you need to reverse 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.

Occasionally, files do not show up after an upgrade. A rescan of the files can help:

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