Upgrading from Joomla 1.5RC4 to Stable (Production) was a breeze. There was no need to make changes to database structure or anything. Simply download the full stable release, upload to my server, and overwrite the files. Here's how I did it from the shell.

Navigate to the proper directory:
$ cd /mysite/

Download (wget) the new compressed file:
$ wget http://joomlacode.org/gf/download/frsrelease/5078/21064/Joomla-1.5.0.tar.gz

Uncompress over old files:
$ tar -zxvf Joomla-1.5.0.tar.gz

Remove the installation directory:
$ rm -fR installation

I then visited the site to check to make sure everything was working. Sure enough, it all worked great! I would highly recommed creating a backup of your site files and database. Here are some links from my site on how to do this from the shell:

Create a MySQL Backup from Shell
Create file/website backup from Shell


  • torsen

    When I use your method, the upgraded files chance permissions from 644 to 755 after the upgrade. Any idea why this is happening? To me it seems like the files in the upgrade package has got permissions set to 755, so that when they overwrite the old files the permissions seem to change.

    I am upgrading from 1.5.12 to 1.5.13 at the moment.

    Would appreciate any input :-)

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