How to upgrade Joomla 1.5.x to the latest version using FTP

Installing updates is an essential part of running any type of web software. Not doing so can leave your entire hosting account vulnerable to any number of security issues

Updating Joomla to the latest version might seem like a daunting task at first, but it can really be broken down into several simple steps

First, you'll need to be logged in to your Joomla site so you can determine what version of the software it's running

The version number of your Joomla install is always shown at the top of the admin panel. As you can see, our site is running Version 1.5.2



Now, let's go to and download the update we need

1) Click the Download button


This page only lists the file for upgrading from the previous version, 1.5.9; we need 1.5.2


2) Click this link


On the Files tab, look through the list until you find the version you need. They're all listed in three formats: .zip, .tar.gz, and .tar.bz2


.zip is a format that pretty much any operating system will be able to extract by default. so let's choose that


3) Save the file you need to your computer


4) Click Save


5) Now, browse to the file on your computer and extract it


6) Right-click

7) Go to Extract


Extraction is complete. Now, let's see if it all seems to have extracted


Now... before uploading the files to your FTP server, there are two very important steps that must be completed, unless you want to risk breaking your live site irreparably


8) First, back up your entire Joomla database. If you are unsure how to do this, watch the accompanying tutorial on how to do so


9) After you've made a backup of your database, you should also make a complete backup of the entire Joomla directory: every file and subfolder it contains


Switch to your FTP client and make a backup of the files now. For the purpose of this tutorial, we will be using FileZilla


Note that if you have a control panel account or a shell account, you can just make a copy of the folder without having to download it to your computer


10) Click and drag the Joomla folder to your computer. Wait on the files to finish downloading... It will probably take several minutes


Once the download is complete, it's time to proceed with the upgrade


11) Go to the upgrade folder


12) Press CTRL+A to select all the files in this folder

13) Click and drag the selection to the FTP server


14) Make sure Overwrite is selected, then click Apply to current queue only


15) Click OK



A few minutes later, the upgrade files have been uploaded successfully


Now, let's check that our Joomla installation still works properly and that the version number has been updated


Success! We've upgraded Joomla to the latest version


Remember -- keep your backups handy at least until you're 100% certain that your upgraded installation is functioning properly

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