How to update Drupal version

When a new minor version of Drupal is available, you will have the option to update it. To avoid issues and losing important information of your website, you need to take note of the following precautions before you proceed with the instructions below on how to update Drupal version:

  • Secure a backup of Drupal website files
  • Secure a backup of Drupal database SQL file
  • Check the system requirements of the new version by reading its release notes and make sure that it is compatible with the current features of your hosting account
  • Put your Drupal in Maintenance mode
  • The update must be on the same major version (example: from Drupal 7.50 to Drupal 7.56)

(Note: The website name and directory name in the images below are only examples.)

Update Drupal version via Softaculous

This is only applicable if your Drupal site is installed via Softaculous. If not, follow the instructions on how to update it manually.

Step 1. Log in to the cPanel.


Step 2. Click on “There are # update(s) available.” under Softaculous Apps Installer.


Step 3. Locate your Drupal website and click the upgrade icon. (Click image to zoom.)


Step 4. Tick the checkbox “Create Backup before upgrading” and click “Upgrade” button. (Click image to zoom.)

Step 5. The system will then submit the data and do the upgrading process.

Step 6. A pop-up window will show that you need to complete the upgrade process. Click “OK” button.

Step 7. Click the update link. (Click image to zoom.)

Step 7. Drupal requires you to update the database. Click “Continue” to proceed. (Please also read the upgrading handbook for more detailed information about the upgrade.)

Step 8. Pending updates may be available, click “Apply pending updates” button.

Your Drupal site version has now been updated. Access your Drupal dashboard it put it back online by turning off the maintenance mode.

Update Drupal version Manually

Step 1. Log in to your Drupal Dashboard. Click Reports and select Available updates. (Click image to zoom.)

Step 2. Download the next version of your Drupal site to your local drive.

Step 3. Unzip the downloaded file.

Step 4. Delete files and folders from your Drupal site except /sites. In case the older version was from a distribution site, do not delete /profiles folder. (The image below shows the files and folders are deleted through File Manager.)


Step 5. Upload the files into the Drupal directory excluding /sites or any existing files. (The image below uses FileZilla on Mac in uploading the files.)


Step 6. Access (replace with your actual Drupal website URL). Click “Continue”.


Step 7. If there are no pending updates, access your Drupal dashboard it put it back online by turning off the maintenance mode.

If you are not confident to make any of the modifications mentioned above, you may have our Application Support Engineers help you with an ad-hoc fee per request.

If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact our support team.

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