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Update Passbolt on AWS AMI


For this tutorial, you will need:

  • A minimal Debian 12 server.
  • Passbolt Debian 12 package installed.

The recommended server requirements are:

  • 2 cores
  • 2GB of RAM

FAQ pages:

Update 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.

sudo systemctl stop nginx

2. Backup your database

It is recommended to always perform a backup of your passbolt installation. Please check the backup article

3. Upgrade your system


Sometimes, while updating when there is also an update to MySQL/MariaDB you will get an error on the upgrade step. That's why we are suggesting to manually upgrade passbolt prior to system upgrade

sudo apt update
sudo apt --only-upgrade install passbolt-ce-server
sudo apt upgrade

4. 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 www-data bash -c "/usr/share/php/passbolt/bin/cake cache clear_all"

5. Bring your site back online

Almost done:

sudo systemctl start nginx
Example of healthcheck screen
fig. Example of healthcheck screen

You can also run the following command:

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

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.