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This guide gives you full control over the process. This has been applied by PrestaShop for several major versions and thus can be applied on very old stores.

Download release
The first step is to download the latest version at .

The download can also be done from the command line:

wget -O

Once you have the folders like classes /, modules /, themes / , etc. you can go to the next step.

Simple Data Cleanup

Avoid overwriting production resources (images, conf…) with default data. These folders can be removed from the new version:

  • img /
  • override /

All other files in the new version will overwrite the existing files. Any changes made to the original source code will be lost.

Also, rename the “admin” folder to match your store’s admin folder name. This will prevent unwanted duplication of the administration content.

Activation of maintenance mode

As it may cause unexpected behavior for you and your customers during the upgrade, we strongly recommend that you turn on maintenance mode during the upgrade.

You can do this in your admin panel:

  • On PrestaShop 1.7, in Store parameters> General> Maintenance tab
  • On PrestaShop 1.6, in Shop parameters> Maintenance

Adding your IP address will allow you to access your store while it is in maintenance mode. This way, you can make sure everything is working properly before allowing your customers to access it again.

Copy the files

In this step, we “update” the PrestaShop files by copying the content of the new version to the existing store.

Disable the cache

You may have activated a caching system (e.g. memcache) on your store. If so, be sure to disable it in “ Advanced Settings”> “Performance” . You can enable it again once the update process is finished.

Note on the “Vendor” folder: the previous updates of PrestaShop 1.7 showed that conflicts can occur when merging the new supplier / folder with the old one. To avoid this problem, it is recommended to delete this folder in the existing store before copying the new one.

On Windows, copy the new contents of the folder and paste it into your store folder. You will receive warnings that the files already exist in the destination folder. Choose “overwrite” to continue.

On Linux, the copy can be done in your terminal:

cp -R <path_to_the_new_release>/* <path_to_the_current_shop>/

For example:

cp -R ~/Downloads/prestashop/* /var/www/html/

Database update

Once the files have been copied, your store database is ready to be updated.

All changes to be applied have been defined in the installation folder, their execution can be performed with a specific PHP script.

When ready, run the install / upgrade / upgrade.php file .

This can be done with a browser, by reaching the address http: // <shop_domain> /install/upgrade/upgrade.php or from the command line of your server:

php install/upgrade/upgrade.php

In both cases an XML log will be displayed. The result can be found in the result of the attribute of the first <action> tag:

  • ok if updates have been found and performed
  • error if something went wrong
  • info for subsequent actions, viewing process details

Execution log

When the update script has detected some updates to apply, the executed SQL queries will be listed along with their result.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?><action result="ok" id="">
<action result="info" id=""><![CDATA[[OK] PHP : /* PHP:ps_update_tabs(); */]]></action>
<action result="info" id=""><![CDATA[[OK] SQL : ALTER TABLE `ps_currency` MODIFY `name` varchar(64) NOT NULL]]></action>
<action result="info" id=""><![CDATA[[OK] SQL : SET SESSION sql_mode = '']]></action>
<action result="info" id=""><![CDATA[[OK] SQL : SET NAMES 'utf8']]></action>

You can double check that each action is marked “OK”. If not, further details will be shown after the request, which can help you resolve the issue and re-run the request manually on your database. In some cases, you may need to restore the database backup and start over.

Error codes

You can also see an error code. Each code is related to a message described here:

  • Error n. 27: The store is running a newer version than the content provided by the installation folder.
  • Error n. 28: The store is already at the version you are trying to upgrade to.
  • Error # 29: The current version could not be found. Check the database parameter file and database connection.
  • Error n. 31: unable to find upgrade directory in installation path, install / upgrade / sql folder exists and is not empty?
  • Error # 32: No updates need to be applied.
  • Error # 33: Error loading an SQL update file. Check the permissions of the install / upgrade / sql folder.
  • Error # 40: The version provided in the install / install_version.php file is not valid.
  • Error # 43: Error updating database schema using doctrine.
  • Error # 44: Error updating translations.
  • Error # 45: error while enabling the theme.


Before we go any further, we will have to do some cleaning.

The installation folder, used to perform database updates, is no longer needed and can be safely deleted.
When you open your store (in the front or back office) on your browser, you may experience some visual problems. This may be because your old resources are still served by a cache. Reload them by forcibly refreshing the page (press ctrl + R on Windows / Linux or cmd + R on Mac OS) or by clearing your browser cache.

Update the modules

Your module files were updated while the file was copied, however many of them may require additional database changes. Check the module page in your Back Office to see if updates are pending.

Go to your admin panel and log in. You will notice that the version displayed has changed on the login page. Then in the menu, click on the form page to reach your catalog.

On PrestaShop 1.6, this page is located in “Module and services”. Click “Update All” at the top of the page to perform all available updates:


On PrestaShop 1.7, the same functionality can be found on the Enhance >> Modules page, in the “Notifications” tab:


1-click update module

If the manual process seems too tedious, there are other solutions to complete an update.

PrestaShop provides free 1-click upgrade module on the marketplace and admin panel of your store. It automatically carries out the previously mentioned process and is available for almost all versions of PrestaShop.

You can read more about it here.




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