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Updating eZ Platform

This page explains how to update eZ Platform to a new version.

In the instructions below, replace <version> with the version of eZ Platform you are updating to (for example: v1.7.0). If you are testing a release candidate, use the latest rc tag (for example: v1.7.1-rc1).

Update procedure

1. Check out a tagged version

1.1. From the project's root, create a new branch from the project's "master", or from the branch you're updating on:

From your master branch, create a branch for handling update changes

git checkout -b <branch_name>

This creates a new project branch for the update based on your current project branch, typically master. An example <branch_name> would be update-1.4.

1.2. If it's not there, add ezsystems/ezplatform as an "upstream" remote (on an Enterprise installation use ezsystems/ezplatform-ee):

From your new update branch

git remote add upstream
git remote add upstream

1.3. Prepare for pulling changes

Adding sort-packages option when updating from <=1.7.8, 1.13.4, 2.2.3, 2.3.2

To reduce the number of conflicts in the future, EZP-29835 adds a setting to Composer to make it sort packages listed in composer.json. If you don't already do this, you should prepare for this update to make it clearer which changes you introduce.

Assuming you have installed packages on your installation (composer install), do the following steps:

  1. Add sort-packages to the config section in composer.json as shown in the highlighted line:
"config": {
    "bin-dir": "bin",
    "sort-packages": true,
    "preferred-install": {
        "ezsystems/*": "dist"
  1. Use composer require to get Composer to sort your packages:

With this new option you should ideally always use composer require to add or adjust packages to make sure they are sorted. The following code example updates a few requirements with what you can also expect in the upcoming change:

composer require --no-scripts --no-update doctrine/doctrine-bundle:^1.9.1
composer require --dev --no-scripts --no-update  behat/behat:^3.5.0
# The upcoming change also moves security-advisories to dev as advised by the package itself
composer require --dev --no-scripts --no-update roave/security-advisories:dev-master
  1. Check that you can install/update packages:
composer update

You can consider the result a success if Composer says there were no updates, or if it updated packages without stopping with conflicts.

  1. Now that packages are sorted, save your work.

With packages sorted you are ready to pull in changes As they will also be sorted, it will be easier to see which changes are relevant to your composer.json.

git commit -am "Sort my existing composer packages in anticipation of update with sorted merge"

1.4. Then pull the tag into your branch.

If you are unsure which version to pull, run git ls-remote --tags to list all possible tags.

From your new update branch

git pull upstream <version>


Don't forget the v here, you want to pull the tag <version> and not the branch <version> (i.e: v1.11.0, and NOT 1.11.0 or 1.10 which is dev branch).

At this stage you may get conflicts, which are a normal part of the procedure and no reason to worry. The most common ones will be on composer.json and composer.lock.

The latter can be ignored, as it will be regenerated when we execute composer update later. The easiest is to checkout the version from the tag and add it to the changes:

If you get a lot of conflicts (on the doc folder for instance), and eZ Platform was installed from the or (for Enterprise) tarball, it might be because of incomplete history. You will have to run git fetch upstream --unshallow to load the full history, and run the merge again.

From your new update branch

git checkout --theirs composer.lock && git add composer.lock

If you do not keep a copy in the branch, you may also run:

From your new update branch

git rm composer.lock

2. Merge composer.json

Manual merging

Sorted packages since 2.4 changes

Since 2.4 packages in composer.json are sorted, which means more conflicts when updating to 2.4, but far fewer conflicts in the future. This is controlled by sort-packages config in composer.json.

Conflicts in composer.json need to be fixed manually. If you're not familiar with the diff output, you may checkout the tag's version and inspect the changes. It should be readable for most:

From your new update branch

git checkout --theirs composer.json && git diff HEAD composer.json

You should see what was changed, as compared to your own version, in the diff output. The update changes the requirements for all of the ezsystems/ packages. Those changes should be left untouched. All of the other changes will be removals of what you added for your own project. Use git checkout -p to selectively cancel those changes:

git checkout -p composer.json

Answer no (do not discard) to the requirement changes of ezsystems dependencies. Answer yes (discard) to removals of your changes.

Once you are done, inspect the file, either using an editor or by running git diff composer.json. You may also test the file's sanity with composer validate, and test the dependencies by running composer update --dry-run. (will output what it would do to dependencies, without applying the changes.

Once finished, run git add composer.json and commit.

Fixing other conflicts (if any)

Depending on the local changes you have done, you may get other conflicts on configuration files, kernel, etc.

There shouldn't be many, and you should be able to figure out which value is the right one for all of them:

  • Edit the file, and identify the conflicting changes. If a setting you have modified has also been changed by us, you should be able to figure out which value is the right one.
  • Run git add conflicting-file to add the changes

3. Update the app

At this point, you should have a composer.json file with the correct requirements. Run composer update to update the dependencies. 

composer update

If you want to first test how the update proceeds without actually updating any packages, you can try the command with the --dry-run switch:

composer update --dry-run

When updating from <1.13
Adding EzSystemsPlatformEEAssetsBundle


When upgrading to v1.10, you need to enable the new EzSystemsPlatformEEAssetsBundle by adding:

new EzSystems\PlatformEEAssetsBundle\EzSystemsPlatformEEAssetsBundle(),

in app/AppKernel.php.

Common errors

If you experienced issues during the update, please check Common errors section on the Composer about page.

4. Update database

Some versions require updates to the database. Look through the list of database update scripts for a script for the version you are updating to (database version numbers correspond to the ezpublish-kernel version).

Updating from <1.7

Updating from <1.7

Apply the following database update script:

mysql -u <username> -p <password> <database_name> < vendor/ezsystems/ezpublish-kernel/data/update/mysql/dbupdate-6.7.7-to-6.7.8.sql

Solr index time boosting

Solr Bundle v1.4 introduced among other things index time boosting feature, this involves a slight change to the Solr scheme that will need to be applied to your config.

To make sure indexing continues to work, apply the following change, restart Solr and reindex your content:

diff --git a/lib/Resources/config/solr/schema.xml b/lib/Resources/config/solr/schema.xml
index 49a17a9..80c4cd7 100644
--- a/lib/Resources/config/solr/schema.xml
+++ b/lib/Resources/config/solr/schema.xml
@@ -92,7 +92,7 @@ should not remove or drastically change the existing definitions.
     <dynamicField name="*_s" type="string" indexed="true" stored="true"/>
     <dynamicField name="*_ms" type="string" indexed="true" stored="true" multiValued="true"/>
     <dynamicField name="*_l" type="long" indexed="true" stored="true"/>
-    <dynamicField name="*_t" type="text" indexed="true" stored="true"/>
+    <dynamicField name="*_t" type="text" indexed="true" stored="true" multiValued="true" omitNorms="false"/>
     <dynamicField name="*_b" type="boolean" indexed="true" stored="true"/>
     <dynamicField name="*_mb" type="boolean" indexed="true" stored="true" multiValued="true"/>
     <dynamicField name="*_f" type="float" indexed="true" stored="true"/>
@@ -104,13 +104,6 @@ should not remove or drastically change the existing definitions.
     <dynamicField name="*_c" type="currency" indexed="true" stored="true"/>

-      Full text field is indexed through proxy fields matching '*_fulltext' pattern.
-    -->
-    <field name="text" type="text" indexed="true" multiValued="true" stored="false"/>
-    <dynamicField name="*_fulltext" type="text" indexed="false" multiValued="true" stored="false"/>
-    <copyField source="*_fulltext" dest="text" />
-    <!--
       This field is required since Solr 4
     <field name="_version_" type="long" indexed="true" stored="true" multiValued="false" />

Updating from <1.13

Updating from <1.13

content/publish permission

v1.8.0 introduced a new content/publish permission separated out of the content/edit permission. edit now covers only editing content, without the right to publishing it. For that you need the publish permission. edit without publish can be used in conjunction with the Content review workflow to ensure that a user cannot publish content themselves, but must pass it on for review.

To make sure existing users will be able to both edit and publish content, those with the content/edit permission will be given the content/publish permission by the following database update script:

mysql -u <username> -p <password> <database_name> < vendor/ezsystems/ezpublish-kernel/data/update/mysql/dbupdate-6.7.0-to-6.8.0.sql
Folder for form-uploaded files

To complete this step you have to dump assets first.

Since v1.8 you can add a File field to the Form block on a Landing Page. Files uploaded through such a form will be automatically placed in a specific folder in the repository.

If you are upgrading to v1.8 you need to create this folder and assign it to a new specific Section. Then, add them in the config (for example, in app/config/default_parameters.yml, depending on how your configuration is set up):

    #Location id of the root for form uploads
    form_builder.upload_folder.location_id: <folder location id>

    #Section identifier for form uploads
    form_builder.upload_folder.section_identifier: <section identifier>
ezsearch_return_count table removal

v1.11.0 removes the ezsearch_return_count table, which had been removed in eZ Publish legacy since 5.4/2014.11. This avoids issues which would occur when you upgrade using legacy bridge. Apply the following database update script if your installation has not had the table removed by an earlier eZ Publish upgrade:

mysql -u <username> -p <password> <database_name> < vendor/ezsystems/ezpublish-kernel/data/update/mysql/dbupdate-6.10.0-to-6.11.0.sql
Increased password hash length

v1.12.0 improves password security by introducing support for PHP's PASSWORD_BCRYPT and PASSWORD_DEFAULT hashing algorithms. By default PASSWORD_DEFAULT is used. This currently uses bcrypt, but this may change in the future as PHP adds support for new and stronger algorithms. Apply the following database update script to change the schema and enable the storage of longer passwords: Note that the script is available for PostgreSQL as well.

mysql -u <username> -p <password> <database_name> < vendor/ezsystems/ezpublish-kernel/data/update/mysql/dbupdate-6.11.0-to-6.12.0.sql

These algorithms produce longer hashes, and so the length of the password_hash column of the ezuser table must be increased, like this:


sql ALTER TABLE ezuser CHANGE password_hash password_hash VARCHAR(255) default NULL; ​


sql ALTER TABLE ezuser ALTER COLUMN password_hash TYPE VARCHAR(255); ​

Run general database update script

Apply the following database update script:

mysql -u <username> -p <password> <database_name> < vendor/ezsystems/ezpublish-kernel/data/update/mysql/dbupdate-6.13.3-to-6.13.4.sql

5 changes

If you are hosting your site on be aware of the fact that Varnish is enabled by default as of eZ Platform 1.13.5, 2.4.3 and 2.5.0. If you are using Fastly, please read about how to disable Varnish.

6. Dump assets

The web assets must be dumped again if you are using the prod environment. In dev this happens automatically:

php app/console assetic:dump -e prod

If you encounter problems, additionally clear the cache and install assets:

php app/console cache:clear -e prod
php app/console assets:install --symlink -e prod
php app/console assetic:dump -e prod

7. Commit, test and merge

Once all the conflicts have been resolved, and composer.lock updated, the merge can be committed. Note that you may or may not keep composer.lock, depending on your version management workflow. If you do not wish to keep it, run git reset HEAD <file> to remove it from the changes. Run git commit, and adapt the message if necessary. You can now verify the project and once the update has been approved, go back to master, and merge your update branch:

git checkout master
git merge <branch_name>

Your eZ Platform should now be up-to-date with the chosen version!

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