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sighkick 11th May 2009 08:06

ISPConfig 3.0.1 to Update Instructions
I tried to update an installation of ISPConfig 3.0.1 to the newer and came across the error message stating that the database already contained tables.

This is currently a test site so no damage done - but trying to install the newer version on top of the old one is obviously not the way to upgrade [update].

I searched for any instructions but cannot find any with the search phrases I used. Are there any instructions on this forum?

Thanks to anyone who can shed any light on the subject.

I may have found the answer to my own question viz:


To update existing ISPConfig 3 installations, run this command on the shell:

The script will check if an updated version of ISPConfig 3 is available and then download the tar.gz and start the setup script.

If the ISPConfig version on your server does not have this script yet, follow the manual update instructions below.

Manual update instructions

cd /tmp
tar xvfz ISPConfig-3-stable.tar.gz
cd ispconfig3_install/install/
php -q update.php

Will try this.....

sighkick 11th May 2009 08:57

Well strike me down with a feather....
That time it worked.

Previously I had tried to download the ispconfig- and then run the update script, that's when I had the problem with the database already containing tables....

This time I used the Manual Update instructions and downloaded ISPConfig-3-stable.tar.gz. Running the script after unpacking worked a treat and actually updated to ISPConfig-

Would still love to have a HowTo manual for ISPConfig 3.x

till 11th May 2009 19:50

Your problem was that you had a svn release installed and not a released version and svn releases can not be updated with stable releases as the svn releases may contain more database tables then the stable version. The update to worked because it has the same database tables then the svn version you installed initially.

sighkick 12th May 2009 04:30

Ultimate UPDATE instructions for ISPConfig 3.x
I was unaware that the initial release was a SVN release ?

The update worked, but I could not log in as Admin.

Found the thread in the developer's forum re the same problem - can you provide the ultimate UPDATE instructions for ISPConfig 3 please?

I followed this instruction:


and ended up with version

The developers forum suggests getting:


Is STABLE now or do you run two versions?

till 12th May 2009 20:28

Stable versions are the versions that you find at the top of the downloads page on


ISPConfig 3

ISPConfig 3 is the next generation of the ISPConfig control panel, rewritten from scratch to support virtual users and multiple servers. ISPConfig 3 can not be used to Update a ISPConfig 2 installation at the moment.

Download ISPConfig [Download] Info

System Requirements for the beta version: Debian or Ubuntu. Experimental Support for Fedora, Centos and OpenSuSE. Installation instructions can be found inside the tar.gz file.
All other versions are testing versions are either betas or svn versions.

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