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Upgrading Hotaru CMS

Here's a quick overview of how to upgrade an existing installation of Hotaru CMS: If you'd like to upgrade via Subversion, instructions are here (needs link).

Looking for installation instructions? See Installing Hotaru CMS.

Be careful not to overwrite customizations! Read this first: File Organization


  1. Backup your database!
  2. Download the latest version of Hotaru CMS
  3. Turn off all your plugins
  4. Overwrite ALL the old files. If you've made any customizations, read this first
  5. Open /install/upgrade.php in your browser and follow the steps shown
  6. Turn your plugins back on
  7. Reactivate your widgets
  8. When finished, delete the install folder

Note: After upgrading you may need to do a hard refresh (CTRL + F5) and/or clear the language cache from Admin -> Maintenance.


If you're having trouble upgrading Hotaru, please post your questions with as much detail as possible in the Installation and Upgrades forum.

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