How to update Joomla 4 to Joomla 5

Update Joomla 4 to Joomla 5 is a relatively straightforward process, but it is important to follow the steps carefully to avoid any problems. In this step-by-step tutorial, we will walk you through the entire process, from backing up your site to updating your extensions and core Joomla installation.

Joomla 5 is the latest major release of the popular content management system. It includes a number of new features and changes, so it is important to keep your Joomla installation up to date.

To update Joomla 4 to Joomla 5, follow these steps:


Step 1: Back up your website

This is the most important step, as it will protect you in case something goes wrong during the update process. You can back up your website using a number of different methods, such as using a plugin, manually backing up your files and database, or using a cloud backup service.

Step 2: Update your extensions

Joomla 5 requires that all extensions be compatible with Joomla 4.4.x. You can check for extension updates by going to Extensions > Manage > Updates.

Step 3: Disable or uninstall incompatible extensions

If you have any extensions that are not compatible with Joomla 5, you will need to disable or uninstall them before updating. You can find a list of compatible extensions on the Joomla Extensions Directory.

Step 4: Uninstall the old Search component and related modules (if applicable)

The new Search component in Joomla 5 is not compatible with the old Search component. If you are using the old Search component, you will need to uninstall it before updating. You will also need to uninstall any related modules, such as the Search module and the Smart Search module.

Step 5: Update your Joomla core

Once you have backed up your website, updated your extensions, and disabled or uninstalled incompatible extensions, you are ready to update your Joomla core. To do this, go to System > Update > Extensions. Click the Update button next to the Joomla core package.

Step 6: Clear your Joomla cache and cookies

Once the update is complete, you should clear your Joomla cache and cookies. This will ensure that you are seeing the latest version of your website. To clear your cache, go to System > Clear Cache. To clear your cookies, go to System > Global Configuration > Site tab and click the Clear cookies button.

Step 7: Test your website

Once you have updated your Joomla core and cleared your cache and cookies, you should test your website thoroughly to make sure that everything is working properly. Check all of your pages and extensions to make sure that they are working as expected.

If you encounter any problems during the update process, you can ask for help on the Joomla forums.

Here are some additional tips for updating Joomla 4 to Joomla 5:

By following these steps, you can safely and easily update your Joomla 4 website to Joomla 5.