Upgrading MODX Revolution 2.x
This document assumes you are upgrading from a standard install. For Git users, please see Git Installation.
The latest MODX Revolution release can be downloaded at http://modx.com/download/
- Upgrade any packages if needed
- Log out of MODX (use "Flush Sessions and Log Out" from the manager menu)
- Delete the files in your core/cache folder
Uploading the Files
For traditional distribution users, simply upload a copy of the MODX.zip file you wish to upgrade to onto your server, and then extract the files on the server itself into a new folder.
Open the new folder, select all of the extracted files and merge/copy them into your MODX root/install location. You can now remove the MODX.zip file and new extracted folder from the server. Your MODX install/root folder should now contain the newly merged files plus a new "setup" folder.
For the advanced distribution, do the same, but you'll only need to do so for the core/ and setup/ directories. With the advanced, you'll need to make sure the manager and connectors directories and files are writable.
The trick here is to get an FTP client that supports directory merging. You don't want to indiscriminately overwrite directories: you want to insert the updated files into place inside the directories. A self-extracting MODX update mechanism is still a couple releases away, so until then, it is extremely handy to have an FTP program that supports directory merging or better yet, use the server's extraction script or function in the file manager as suggested above.
On OS X, you can purchase one of the following:
Make sure your FTP program merges directories and does not overwrite them!
In your browser, navigate to yourSite.com/setup . Select your language, and follow the install/upgrade process, selecting whichever upgrade you want to perform (normal or database).
If you are upgrading using the Advanced distribution, make sure you have the "Core Package has been manually unpacked" and "Files in-place" checkboxes unchecked, and that the core/, manager/ and connectors/ directories are writable.
Make sure to remove the setup/ directory via the last option after setup has completed so that no one can run setup after you and possibly break your site.
Your config.inc.php file should have CHMOD 644 permission.
For changes relating to specific versions, please see the following pages:
- For Upgrading to 2.2
- For Upgrading From 2.0.x to 2.1.x !important
- For Upgrades Coming From Prior to 2.0.5
- For Upgrades Coming From Prior to 2.0.0-rc2
Upgrades after 2.0.0-rc-2 should run smoothly without issues.
Mac OS X Users
If you're copying the extracted folder in Mac OS X, be careful, as OS X will "replace" folders when you drag and drop them over each other. Make sure that you use the "ditto" command from the command line, rather than drag/dropping from Finder, otherwise your core/config/config.inc.php file will be erased. A sample ditto command after you've extracted the zip could be:
ditto modx-2.1.0-pl /www/public_html/modx/
The effect is the same if you use the humble cp command:
\cp -fr modx-2.2.0-pl/* /www/public_html/modx
The "-fr" bit forces a recursive copy (i.e. a directory merge). Using a backslash before the "cp" command lets you avoid all the prompts asking "Are you sure?" to every overwrite operation.
See the not above about FTP clients that support directory merging.