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The absolutely quickest and simplest way to upgrade Drupal

November 13, 2009   ·   1 min read  ·   Edit on GitHub

On the initial surface, upgrading Drupal appears complex, when in actuality it’s very rudimentary. A lot of the tutorials and resources on how to upgrade are just plain confusing and not to the point.

The following is a list of command lines and steps in order to upgrade Drupal quickly and easily in 3 EASY STEPS! It just can’t get easier, and I have yet to see one posting that includes this way of doing it, which is really just the quickest/easier/cleanest/simplest way to get it done.

  • Go to your root directory (one step below public_html), download Drupal, and unpack it. Replace 6.x with the new version you are upgrading to:

    wget http://ftp.drupal.org/files/projects/drupal-6.x.tar.gz tar -zxf drupal-6.x.tar.gz

  • Sync the new files up with your current install:

    rsync -av drupal-6.x/ public_html/

  • Go to your domain and run the update script:

    http://www.domain.com/update.php

The entire upgrade process takes only a few minutes. I dare and challenge you to find a quicker and simpler way of upgrading Drupal — because there isn’t one.

Update: I was mistaken; there is an easier method. It’s called Drush :)