2.3. Upgrading

In any case before upgrading a major version read the document `READ_BEFORE_UPDATE`_ which is continuously updated in the Github repository. Note, that when you are upgrading over several major versions, read all the comments for all versions.

If you installed eduMFA via DEB repository you can use the normal system ways of apt-get or aptitude to upgrade eduMFA to the current version.

2.3.1. Different upgrade processes

Depending on the way eduMFA was installed, there are different recommended update procedures. The following section describes the process for pip installations. Instructions for packaged versions on Ubuntu are found in Upgrading a packaged installation. Upgrading a pip installation

If you install eduMFA into a python virtualenv like /opt/edumfa, you can follow this basic upgrade process.

First you might want to backup your program directory:

tar -zcf edumfa-old.tgz /opt/edumfa

and your database:

source /opt/edumfa/bin/activate
edumfa-manage backup create Running upgrade

The script edumfa-pip-update performs the update of the python virtualenv and the DB schema.

Just enter your python virtualenv (you already did so, when running the backup) and run the command:


The following parameters are allowed:

-f or --force skips the safety question, if you really want to update.

-s or --skipstamp skips the version stamping during schema update.

-n or --noschema completely skips the schema update and only updates the code. Manual upgrade

Now you can upgrade the installation:

source /opt/edumfa/bin/activate
pip install --upgrade edumfa

Usually you will need to upgrade/migrate the database:

edumfa-schema-upgrade /opt/edumfa/lib/edumfa/migrations

Now you need to restart your webserver for the new code to take effect. Upgrading a packaged installation

In general, the upgrade of a packaged version of eduMFA should be done using the default tools (e.g. apt and yum). In any case, read the `READ_BEFORE_UPDATE`_ file. It is also a good idea to backup your system before upgrading. Ubuntu upgrade

If you use the Ubuntu packages in a default setup, the upgrade can should be done using:

apt update
apt dist-upgrade