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Upgrade to Magento via SSH

This tutorial will help guide you through the process of updating / upgrading your Magento installation from 1.3.x or 1.4.x to For the purpose of this tutorial, we will assume you have access to SSH on your hosting account. Please create a backup of your files and databases before proceeding, and do not perform these steps on a live store. If you have any third party extensions installed in your store, you may need to obtain updated files from the extension authors.

  1. Change to your Magento installation directory:
    cd /home/username/public_html
  2. Download Magento from MagentoCommerce.com:
    wget http://www.magentocommerce.com/downloads/assets/
  3. Extract the archive:
    tar -zxvf magento-
  4. Change to the directory created during extraction:
    cd magento
  5. Turn off file replacement prompts:
    unalias cp
  6. Copy the Magento files over your existing files:
    cp -rf * /home/username/public_html
  7. Change back to your Magento installation directory:
    cd ../
  8. Remove the empty folder
    rm -rf magento
  9. Optional: CHMOD all PHP files to 644:
    find -type f -name ‘*.php’ -exec chmod -v 644 {} \;
    Optional: CHMOD all folders to 755:
    find -type d -exec chmod -v 755 {} \;