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We released much awaited OrangeHRM 2.5 on October 6th. The urgency to release 2.5 did not give us much time to explain our plans to provide upgraders to 2.5. Since released, there has been much discussion on this and we thought to address the issue in this post. First of all we need to say that we haven't stopped providing automated upgraders for stable releases. We started it at version 2.4.1 and continued in version 2.4.2. We will do the same for version 2.5 but with a different approach. We didn't release the upgrader with 2.5 basically for two reasons.
Currently we are working on 2.5 upgrader and it would take about 4 to 6 weeks to release it with QA testing. Once we finished the development, there is a chance to make an intermediate release without QA testing. However, if you are in too much of a hurry to get this done and has required technical background, below are the steps for upgrading from version 2.4.2 to 2.5.
Above are the main steps to upgrade from version 2.4.2 to 2.5. If you try this out, make sure you don't make any change to your existing 2.4.2 installation. That would let you continue in version 2.4.2 even if you get an error in upgrading.
Upgrading with OrangeHRM Support
If you are an OrangeHRM Support subscriber and if you made a request to upgrade from your existing version to 2.5, one of our support engineers will examine your current version (can be 2.4.2 or an earlier version) and database and make necessary changes. These requests are handled case by case but automated upgrader needs to handle all possible scenarios. That's why it takes time. So, for upgrading from version 2.4.2 to 2.5, you have following options.
Stay in touch with our blog for updates about the upgrader.