How to Update PrestaShop Version

Updates are essential to accommodate the advancements in technology. To avoid issues and losing website contents after updating, you need to take note of the following precautions before you proceed with the instructions below on how to update PrestaShop version: 

  • Secure a backup of PrestaShop website files 
  • Secure a backup of PrestaShop database SQL file 
  • Check the system requirements of the new version and make sure that it is compatible with the current features of your hosting account 
  • Put your shop under maintenance mode. 

Updating might sometimes be confused with upgrading a website’s version. Follow this link to see the difference between updating and upgrading CMS version. This article demonstrates both upgrading and updating of PrestaShop version. 

Updating CMS Version (Minor Update) 

There are two ways to make a minor update on a PrestaShop website:

Via Softaculous Apps Installer in cPanel 

This is only applicable if your PrestaShop site is installed via Softaculous 

Step 1. Log in to cPanel.  

Step 2. Click the Softaculous Apps Installer icon found under Software menu.  

Softaculous Button on Cpanel

Step 3. Make sure PHP is chosen at the top, then click the Installations button.  

Installations Button on Softaculous

Step 4. If an update is available, an update icon beside the current version number will show just like in the screenshot below. Click the update icon to set up the upgrade 

Update Icon in Softaculous for Softaculous for PrestaShop

Step 5. Tick the box next to Create Backup if you want a backup to be generated by cPanel. As shown below the box, this generates a full backup as the default. A full backup consists of both the website files and the database used by the website

Create Backup Before Updating PrestaShop via Softaculous

Step 6. Enter the name of the Admin Folder in the box provided. This will be the subdirectory for your admin page. In the screenshot below, the administration URL would be http://yourdomain.com/admin123 wherein you can replace yourdomain.com with your website URL. This should match with the admin folder name in your website files. 

Admin Folder of PrestaShop Website

Step 7. Click the Upgrade button to start the update.  

Upgrade Button in Softaculous for PrestaShop

Step 8. Wait for the update to complete.  

PrestaShop Upgrading Progress in Softaculous

The same page will show the message in the screenshot below once the upgrade is completed.  

Upgrade Successful in Softaculous for PrestaShop

Via PrestaShop Admin Page

Step 1. Access your PrestaShop admin page. Use the same admin URL set up during PrestaShop installation.  

Tip: Go to your PrestaShop website directory and look for the admin folder. This could have been renamed with another name during installation. If the folder has a name of admin123 for example, the admin URL of your website is http://yourdomain.com/admin123 (replace yourdomain.com with your website’s domain or subdomain).

Step 2. Log in to the PrestaShop admin page with its associated email address and password.  If you can’t remember the password, you can follow this link on how to reset your PrestaShop admin password

PrestaShop Login Page

Step 3. Enter 1-click in the search box at the top of the page.  

Search for 1-click in PrestaShop Admin Page

Step 4. Click on the result similar to the link shown in the screenshot below.

1-Click in PrestaShop Search Results

Step 5. An install button is available under 1-Click Upgrade if it hasn’t been installed on your website yet. Click the Install button to install it. Skip this step and proceed to Step 6 if the module has already been installed.  

Install 1-click in PrestaShop Admin Page

Step 6. If the module is already installed on your website, it can be found in the Module Manager page. Click the Module Manager button on the menu bar at the left side of the page. 

Module Manager Tab in PrestaShop Admin Page

Step 7. Click the Configure button to check for any updates available.  

Configure 1-Click Upgrade in PrestaShop

Step 8. Make sure everything is checked under the Pre-Upgrade Checklist section. As per the screenshot, the upgrade requires the website to be in maintenance mode. Click the Click here to put your shop under maintenance button to enable the maintenance mode.  

Enable Maintenance Mode Button in PrestaShop

Step 9. Scroll down to Start Your Upgrade section and click the UPGRADE PRESTASHOP NOW button to start the update.  

Upgrade Now Button in PrestaShop Admin Page

Step 10. Wait for the update to finish. The progress bar will appear on the same page as shown in the screenshot below.  

PrestaShop Update Activity Log

The Activity Log section will tell you once the upgrade completes. 

Upgrade Complete in PrestaShop

Upgrading CMS Version (Major Update) 

Step 1. Access your PrestaShop admin page. Use the same admin URL set up during PrestaShop installation.  

Tip: Go to your PrestaShop website directory and look for the admin folder. This could have been renamed with another name during installation. If the folder has a name of admin123 for example, the admin URL of your website is http://yourdomain.com/admin123 (replace yourdomain.com with your website’s domain or subdomain).

Step 2. Log in to the PrestaShop admin page with its associated email address and password.  

PrestaShop Login Page

Step 3. Enter 1-click in the search box at the top of the page.  

Search for 1-click in PrestaShop Admin Page

Step 4. Click on the result similar to the link shown in the screenshot below.  

1-Click in PrestaShop Search Results

Step 5. An install button is available under 1-Click Upgrade if it hasn’t been installed on your website yet. Click the Install button to install it. Skip this step and proceed to Step 6 if the module has already been installed.  

Install 1-click in PrestaShop Admin Page

Step 6. If the module is already installed on your website, it can be found in the Module Manager page. Click the Module Manager button on the menu bar at the left side of the page. 

Module Manager Tab in PrestaShop Admin Page

Step 7. Click the Configure button to check for any updates available.  

Configure 1-Click Upgrade in PrestaShop

Step 8. Make sure everything is checked under the Pre-Upgrade Checklist section. As per the screenshot, the upgrade requires the website to be in maintenance mode. Click the Click here to put your shop under maintenance button to enable the maintenance mode.  

Enable Maintenance Mode Button in PrestaShop

Step 9. Once everything is checked under Pre-Upgrade Checklist section, scroll down to Start Your Upgrade section and change the Channel setting to Major release.

Choose Major Release in PrestaShop

Step 10. Click the Save button. 

Save Major Release Option in PrestaShop

Step 11. The latest available version will appear. Click the UPGRADE PRESTASHOP NOW button to start the update.

Major Upgrade Now Button in PrestaShop

Step 12.  Wait for the update to finish. The progress bar will appear on the same page as shown in the screenshot below.  

PrestaShop Update Activity Log

The Activity Log section will tell you once the upgrade completes. 

Upgrade Complete in PrestaShop

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