Upgrade OpenProject

It is strongly recommended to create a backup before starting the update process. If you have important data, create and try to restore a backup to ensure that everything works properly.

Follow these steps to only upgrade the application code without modifying any other stack components:

  • Launch a new OpenProject instance or server.

  • Copy the database backup to the new server.

  • Stop all servers and start only MySQL.

    $ sudo /opt/bitnami/ctlscript.sh stop
    $ sudo /opt/bitnami/ctlscript.sh start mysql
  • Remove the previous database and create the new one. You can configure the database user password with a secure password.

    $ mysql -u root -p
    Password: ****
    mysql> drop database bitnami_openproject;
    mysql> create database bitnami_openproject;
    mysql> grant all privileges on bitnami_openproject.* to 'bn_openproject'@'localhost' identified by 'DATABASE_PASSWORD';
  • Restore the new database:

    $ mysql -u root -p bitnami_openproject < backup.sql
    • Edit the OpenProject configuration file at /opt/bitnami/apps/openproject/htdocs/config/database.yml to update the database user password to the one that set previously.

        adapter: mysql2
        database: bitnami_openproject
        host: localhost
        username: bn_openproject
        password: "DATABASE_PASSWORD"
        encoding: utf8
  • Migrate the database to the latest version:

    $ cd /opt/bitnami/apps/openproject/htdocs
    $ ruby bin/rake db:migrate RAILS_ENV=production
  • Copy the /opt/bitnami/apps/openproject/htdocs/files folder from the old installation to the new one.

  • Finally, clean the cache and the sessions:

    $ ruby bin/rake tmp:clear

    • Restart the servers and you can access the new OpenProject installation.

      $ sudo /opt/bitnami/ctlscript.sh restart


  • If you see the following error, go to your database and remove the specified table and run the migrate command again.

      Mysql::Error: Table 'changeset_parents' already exists: CREATE TABLE `changeset_parents` (`changeset_id` int(11) NOT NULL, `parent_id` int(11) NOT NULL) ENGINE=InnoDB
      $ mysql -u root -p
      mysql> use bitnami_openproject;
      mysql> drop table changeset_parents;
  • If you upgrade from a 1.x version and you see something similar to this error creating an issue:

      MysqlStatement::Error Value for field `value` cannot be NULL INSERT INTO custom_value ...

    Go to your custom values in the Admin panel, try to edit and save them again. This should fix the issue.

Last modification August 31, 2018