Upgrading from Elgg 1.8 to the latest version

Let’s say you are currently running the 1.8 version of Elgg and you want to upgrade to its latest version, which is 1.11 but you don’t know how to do it. In this article I will give you a very specific step-by-step guide on how to upgrade from Elgg 1.8 to Elgg 1.11


Elgg 1.8 is only receiving security updates. Elgg 1.11 is now officially out, and we encourage to keep any script up to date to protect your hosting account and our servers. Recently we had a report of missing data. Turned out it was an old elgg 1.7 network. This guide has been made to make sure you successfully upgrade your network.

Getting Started

1. If you are using elgg 1.8, you need to upgrade to the latest version of elgg 1.8, which is 1.8.20

2. Back up your database, data directory and code. For a Full Elgg Backup instructions, read this article.

3. After backing up your elgg network data, download elgg 1.8.20 here.

4. You need to be extra careful in this step. Erase or overwrite all the elgg core files except these files:

  • .htaccess
  • settings.php (Located inside the engine folder of your elgg network)

5. Now go to yoursite.com/upgrade.php (where “yoursite.com” is your elgg network domain) to see your changes:

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6. To continue the upgrade process, download elgg 1.9 here. After downloading it, erase or overwrite all elgg core files, except these files:

  • .htaccess
  • settings.php (Located inside the engine folder of your elgg network)

7. Run the Upgrade.php script again to see the changes. Go to the admin area of your elgg network. You should see a notification that you have pending upgrades. Click the link in the notification bar to view and run the upgrades:

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8. Check that everything works without problems. If there are no problems with your network, continue with the upgrade process by downloading the latest version of elgg 1.9 here. Repeat steps 6 and 7 to upgrade your network. This is the same process for upgrading from elgg 1.9 to 1.10.

This concludes Upgrading from 1.8 to its latest version

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Rodolfo Hernandez

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