Does your Magento version 1 need an upgrade? This article explains how to upgrade to the latest Magento version. Do you have a Magento 2 shop? Then follow these instructions.

N.B. You can’t update from Magento 1 to Magento 2. If you wish to use Magento 2, you’ll need a fresh install and start from the beginning. Read more about how to install Magento 2.

Why you should update your Magento webshop

Regularly updating your Magento webshop brings you not only the newest features, but also security fixes, which is highly important for your Magento store’s safety.
Not updating your Magento can result in not only a bad performance, but it makes your shop an easy target for hackers.

Before you start updating Magento

Whatever version you’re updating, we always recommend you to follow these steps first:

  • Make sure you have a recent and clean backup. Both a file- and database backup. In case anything goes wrong while updating, you can restore your data easily. More information about making backups can be found in the article Historical backups
  • Check the versions release notes to see what changes have been made.
  • Choose a quiet moment to update your Magento. Preferably when there’s hardly any traffic on your site.
  • Test an update on a staging environment to make sure all aspects of your shop are compatible with the newest version.

Updating Magento via the Connect Manager

The easiest method of updating Magento is via the built-in Connect manager by following the steps explained below:

  • Log on to your Magento backend
  • Navigate to System >> Magento Connect >> Magento Connect Manager
  • Fill in your credentials

Updating Magento 1.5 and 1.6 to Magento 1.9.x

Follow the steps below to update your Magento 1.5.x or 1.6.x version to Magento 1.9.x

  • Paste under “Install New Extensions”
  • Click on “Install”
  • Click on “Proceed”

See the output frame. If one of your extensions of plugins isn’t compatible with the next Magento version (say for instance Magento 1.5.1) it will say something like:

If the extension doesn’t work with the next version, you can’t update your Magento with the Connect manager. To update Magento you’ll need to use the SSH method explained below under “Update Magento 1 via SSH”

Updating Magento 1.7, 1.8 and 1.9 to Magento 1.9.x

Updating Magento 1.7 or 1.8 to version 1.9 works slightly different then updating from an older version:

  • Go to “Manage Existing Extensions” and click “Check for Updates”. Extensions that can be updated will have a yellow background colour
  • Click on the dropdown menu behind the extensions that can be updated and choose the newest Magento version
  • Once you’ve selected everything scroll down and click on “Commit changes”.
  • You’re Magento is now updated.

Updating Magento via SSH

Updating Magento via SSH can be done via the following commands:

NB: If you experience the error: channel-add: Unknown SSL protocol error in connection to when running ./mage mage-setup ., your shop is using old ssl settings to download the upgrade. To fix this, use this article

Need help?

Magento is no easy open source CMS. Although we’re very skilled in hosting Magento shops, making them fast and keeping conversion high, we’re no Magento developers. Luckily, we know a lot of agencies that do know a lot about how Magento works. If you need help, don’t hesitate to contact one of these agencies.