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Update passbolt on Centos 7 (installation script)

Important: This is no longer a recommended installation method. You may want to consider migrating to the package.


For this tutorial, you will need:

  • A minimal CentOS 7 server.
  • Passbolt installed with the CentOS install script.

Updating passbolt

1. Take down your site

It is generally a good idea to stop running the site prior to the upgrade. This is to avoid having side effects such as active users corrupting the data in the middle of an upgrade. For example if you are using nginx as a webserver:

$ sudo systemctl stop nginx

If you feel a bit more fancy, you can change your web server configuration to point to an “under maintenance” page. It is a good practice to announce such maintenance window to your users in advance, so that they can also plan for the update, for example by downloading some key passwords they may need.

2. Backup your instance

First things first, as this is a sensitive operation a backup of the instance must be performed to prevent any data loss. You can follow our backup process.

3. Get the latest code version

Pull the latest version directly from master:

$ cd /var/www/passbolt
$ sudo -H -u nginx bash -c "git pull origin master"

4. Update the dependencies

Some libraries are not packaged with the software but need to be updated using composer, based on what is recommended in the composer.lock. This file is provided by passbolt.

Passbolt requires composer v2, check the version you have already installed:

$ sudo -H -u nginx bash -c "composer.phar --version"
> Composer version 2.0.9 2021-01-27 16:09:27

To get the latest version of composer, you can check the composer installation instructions.

Update the dependencies:

$ sudo -H -u nginx bash -c "php -d allow_url_fopen=on composer.phar install --no-dev -n -o"

5. Migrate your data

A new version can come with a data structure change. You can run the migration scripts as follow:

$ sudo -H -u nginx bash -c "./bin/cake passbolt migrate"

6. Clear the cache

Finally make sure you clear the application cache, to make sure any changes in the database structure are reflected in model cache files:

$ sudo -H -u nginx bash -c "./bin/cake cache clear_all"

7. Take your site back up

Almost done:

$ sudo systemctl start nginx


Verifying the status of the application

Optionally, you can login as an administrator and check the status on the healthcheck page:

Example of healthcheck screen fig. Example of healthcheck screen

You can also run the following command:

$ sudo -H -u  bash -c "/usr/share/php/passbolt/bin/cake passbolt healthcheck"

If you run into some issues

If you run into some issues:

  • Make a copy or screenshot of the errors messages displayed on the screen
  • Check for error message in the logs directory
  • Check for error message in the browser console
  • Checkout the previous working version using git
  • Drop the database and load your backup data to restore to a previously working version
  • Note down the the details of you environment: your OS, php, mysql environment versions.

Where to get help:

  • If you are a Passbolt Pro Edition subscriber send us an email with the details.
  • If you are a Passbolt Community Edition user you can open new thread on the community forum.

The more information you provide about what you did, what you tried, how your environment look like, the easiest it will be for people to help you.

Last updated

This article was last updated on October 19th, 2021.

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