This topic discusses the ways you can:
- Upgrade the Magento software from one version to another
Update any of the following:
- Modules (also referred to as extensions; extend Magento capabilities)
- Themes (change the look and feel of your storefront and Admin)
- Language packages (localize the storefront and Admin)
- Uninstall extensions
Upgrade the Magento application
The way you upgrade (that is, patch) the Magento application depends on how you installed it:
- Magento Open Source and Magento Commerce: If you used Composer to install the Magento application.
- Magento Open Source only: If you cloned the Magento 2 GitHub repository because you are contributing code to the Magento Open Source codebase, upgrade the software manually.
- If your Magento root directory is
<your Magento install directory/pub>, you can upgrade in any of the following ways:
- For the upgrade, create another subdomain or docroot that uses the Magento installation directory as its root.
- Upgrade the Magento software using the command line.
- To upgrade from Magento Open Source to Magento Commerce, see Upgrade from Open Source to Commerce.
System upgrade refers to updating the Magento 2.x core modules and other installed modules. To migrate from Magento 1.x to Magento 2, see the Migration Guide.
For upgrade or update, you must use the same authentication keys you used to install the Magento software.
For example, you cannot use Magento Open Source authentication keys to update or upgrade Magento Commerce or vice versa. You also cannot use another user’s authentication keys or Shared account authentication keys.
Complete the tasks discussed in Prerequisites.
See the Upgrade Compatibility Tool ALPHA page for more information about the new Magento command line tool that helps you update your Magento software.