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Migrate from source to package on Ubuntu

A Ubuntu package has been created to increase the ease of installing and upgrading passbolt.


For this tutorial, you will need:

  • A minimal Ubuntu 24.04 server.
  • Passbolt installed with the Ubuntu install script.

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.

sudo systemctl stop nginx

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. Upgrade your system

Passbolt requires PHP 7.4 and supports PHP 8.2.

A full system upgrade to Ubuntu 24.04 is necessary before installing the passbolt Ubuntu package.

Here is the official Ubuntu guide to upgrade your system with a step by step tutorial.

4. Install the package

Package repository setup

For easier installation and update tasks Passbolt provides a package repository that you need to setup before you download Passbolt PRO and install it.

Step 1. Download our dependencies installation script:

curl -LO

Step 2. Download our SHA512SUM for the installation script:

curl -LO

Step 3. Ensure that the script is valid and execute it:

sha512sum -c passbolt-pro-SHA512SUM.txt && sudo bash ./ --passbolt-migrate || echo "Bad checksum. Aborting" && rm -f

Install passbolt official linux package

sudo apt install passbolt-pro-server

It is recommend at this point to select:

  • No for configuration as it is already configured
  • No to nginx configuration as we will do it at the end

5.1. Copy the server keys

Copy the GPG server keys as following:

sudo cp -a /var/www/passbolt/config/gpg/serverkey.asc /etc/passbolt/gpg/
sudo cp -a /var/www/passbolt/config/gpg/serverkey_private.asc /etc/passbolt/gpg/
sudo chown -R root:www-data /etc/passbolt/gpg
sudo chmod g-w /etc/passbolt/gpg

5.2. Copy the passbolt configuration

Copy passbolt configuration as following:

sudo cp /var/www/passbolt/config/passbolt.php /etc/passbolt/passbolt.php
sudo chown root:www-data /etc/passbolt/passbolt.php
sudo chmod g-w /etc/passbolt/passbolt.php

If you are running mysql 8, please change the quoteIdentifiers setting of the passbolt.php as follow:

'quoteIdentifiers' => true

5.3. Copy the avatars

If coming from Passbolt version prior to 3.2, copy passbolt avatars as following:

sudo cp -R /var/www/passbolt/webroot/img/public/avatar /usr/share/php/passbolt/webroot/img/public/

Copy the subscription key

Copy the subscription key as following:

sudo cp /var/www/passbolt/config/license /etc/passbolt/subscription_key.txt
sudo chown root:www-data /etc/passbolt/subscription_key.txt
sudo chmod g-w /etc/passbolt/subscription_key.txt


Edit /etc/php/8.1/fpm/pool.d/www.conf and look for the line that looks like this:

listen =

Change it to look like this:

listen = /run/php/php8.1-fpm.sock

Due to a bug on the install scripts some installations might need to do an additional substitution on /etc/php/8.1/fpm/pool.d/www.conf:

Look for the line containing: = _WWW_GROUP_

And change it to look like: = www-data


Now you can remove all the old nginx configuration files from /etc/nginx/conf.d/

sudo rm /etc/nginx/conf.d/passbolt.conf
sudo rm /etc/nginx/conf.d/passbolt_ssl.conf

Then, you can reconfigure the Ubuntu package using:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure passbolt-pro-server

Answer the following way:

  • No to configuration
  • No to nginx configuration

You can then select the SSL method that suits best your needs.

Run the database migrations

Now it is time to run the migrations to upgrade the database schemas:

sudo -H -u www-data bash -c "/usr/share/php/passbolt/bin/cake passbolt migrate"


After you have checked you can access your new setup with the Ubuntu package make a backup of /var/www/passbolt and then you can delete it:

sudo rm -rf /var/www/passbolt

You may also want to check for the old CRON job that may need to be removed:

sudo crontab -u www-data

Bring your site back online

Finally take passbolt back up:

sudo systemctl start nginx
sudo systemctl restart php8.1-fpm