Traditional Installation

IMPORTANT Before you proceed with the upgrade, make sure you have previous JomSocial version installed
For example, in order to upgrade to JomSocial 3.2, it is best if you run version 3.1. If you don't have previous version currently running at your site, but you want to immediately upgrade to latest JomSocial, please read this Tier Upgrade Guide
IMPORTANT!!! This page explains how to upgrade by using the installation package.
You can also upgrade your site using iJoomla Installer Installation

Upgrading to Latest JomSocial

Before doing anything major to your site, always create a full site backup (files + database). A few minutes of inconvenience can potentially save you hours of headaches and a poorly- or non-functioning site until the issues have been resolved. We recommend that you use this extension for maintaining backups: Akeeba Backup. You can learn more about creating a Joomla backup by reading this documentation. If you find it too inconvenient to do a complete backup of all your files, at the very least, please have backups of:

  • {root}/components/com_community
  • {root}/administrator/components/com_community
  • {root}/templates/mycurrentdirectory/html/com_community
  • {root}/plugins/community

Make sure you are running at least PHP 5.3.11 Joomla 2.5.23 or above, the max_upload in php.ini is greater than 8MB, and most importantly Joomla is running well, i.e. regular installation of other extensions work flawlessly. Read our system requirement before you proceed.
For Joomla 2.5, go to Administration -> Help > System Info -> Directory Permission and make sure everything is Green


On Joomla 3, you should go to Administration -> System -> System Information -> Directory Permission and make sure everything is Writable


Starting the Upgrade

  1. Uninstall the older JomSocial version by going to Extensions > Extensions Manager, select Manage, select JomSocial/Community, click Uninstall.
  2. Install the latest JomSocial 3.1

It really is that simple! ;)

Upgrading Modules and Plugins

Starting from JomSocial 3.0 onward, all modules and plugins are upgraded automatically
For the third-party extensions, please consult the developer for an updated version, if necessary.


With the new features and enhancements which are part of the new JomSocial releases, there will be a number of new language strings in JomSocial.
You will be able to find them all in the Translations section of this wiki

Back End
Front End

See Also