How to upgrade Askbot

NOTE: back up the database and customized files before upgrading.

1) Django Version support.

Currently Askbot supports major versions of Django 1.5, 1.6, 1.7 and 1.8, however - a corresponding version of Askbot must be selected for each version of the Django framework as shown below:

Version of the Django framework Version of Askbot (*)
1.5.x 0.7.x or `0.8.x`(**)
1.6.x 0.8.x (**)
1.7.x 0.9.x
1.8.x 0.10.x

Note (*): select latest version of the corresponding release series, x means the latest minor release number.

To automatically install the latest available version within the series, use the following pip commmand (here we want to install version 0.8.x):

`pip install 'askbot<0.9'`.

Note (**): releases of series 0.8 must be used only to migrate From Django 1.5 and below.

2) Upgrade of the Askbot software.

Before running the upgrade scripts - prepare fresh backup of the database, file and any other files that you’ve customized.

If you are upgrading from one of the versions of 0.7.x or earlier two steps will be necessary.

  • Upgrade to 0.8.x
  • Upgrade from 0.8.x to 0.9.x or 0.10.x - depending on the version of Django you want to use

Two steps are required because starting Django 1.7, the mechanism of database migrations changed. Version 0.8.x is a stepping stone to the later versions, which prepares the database.

2.1) Upgrade to version 0.8.x

Version 0.8.x can be installed directly over the previous installation:

pip uninstall askbot && pip install 'askbot<0.9'

Pip installs software from the Python Package Index (, alternatively, Askbot can be installed from the GitHub repository ( with the basic knowledge of git version control system.

After that run python migrate. The script might ask you to upgrade some modules first, do that, then repeat the command.

2.2) Upgrade to 0.9.x or 0.10.x into a new Python environment

Upgrading to further options is easier to achieve (for an alternative, see section 2.3) by installation into a new environment:

mkdir myproj
cd myproj
virtualenv env --no-site-packages
source env/bin/activate
pip install 'askbot<0.11' #assuming you want 0.10.x
askbot-setup #answer questions - use the same database as before
python migrate --fake-initial --noinput
python collectstatic --noinput

When upgrading to 0.9.x version, askbot version should be specified with:

pip install 'askbot<0.10'

And command should be without the –fake-initial parameter:

python migrate --noinput

Above instruction suggests using pip, hovewer it is also possible to clone the git repository, fetch and checkout the necessary version and run python develop.

This page does yet cover the case where upgrade is done in-place, without creating of the new Python virtual environment. If you decide to upgrade in-place:

* make changes in the `` file, replace `` and
`` files. Templates for these files are available in
`askbot/setup_templates` directory.
might give more specific information about the necessary changes.
* remove old `*.pyc` files: rm `find . -name '*.pyc'`
* make necessary module upgrades

Future version of this page might have more specific steps to take when upgrading in place.

2.3) Upgrade to 0.9.x over the existing installation of 0.8.x

This option is an alternative to one described in the section above. It is a bit more involved, but will help you to “grandfather” the and files that might have been customized.

It is also possible to upgrade in the same manner to version 0.10.x, but with some differences that are described in section 2.4.

cd into the directory where your file is installed (the one with the file, it is also called the Django project directory). Then the following commands:

rm `find . -name '*.pyc'` #delete all the left over .pyc files
pip uninstall askbot django django-followit South --yes
pip install 'askbot<0.10' #installs latest 0.9.x

Edit the file:

  • remove ‘south’, from INSTALLED_APPS
  • remove SOUTH_TESTS_MIGRATE from
  • replace entry ‘group_messaging’ with ‘askbot.deps.group_messaging’ in the INSTALLED_APPS
  • add line ATOMIC_REQUESTS=True

Replace file with one in askbot/setup_templates/ It might be a bit hard to find this file manually, the command below should help (copy/paste and run):

cp `python -c 'import askbot, os; print os.path.join(os.path.dirname(askbot.__file__), "setup_templates", "")'` .

Migrate the database and collect the static files:

python migrate --noinput
python collectstatic --noinput

Now the site is upgraded to version 0.9.x.

2.3) Upgrade to 0.10.x over the installation 0.8.x

Upgrade to version 0.10.x follows the same steps and in the same order as above. This section describes only the differences, specific to version 0.10.x.

Install the latest version 0.10.x, instead of 0.9.x:

pip install 'askbot<0.11' #installs latest 0.10.x

When editing the file, in addition to changes made for 0.9.x, do the following:


  • Remove sub-entry ‘django.middleware.transaction.TransactionMiddleware’ from MIDDLEWARE_CLASSES

  • Add TEMPLATES entry with the following contents:


    ‘BACKEND’: ‘askbot.skins.template_backends.AskbotSkinTemplates’,

    }, {

    ‘BACKEND’: ‘django.template.backends.django.DjangoTemplates’, ‘DIRS’: [], ‘APP_DIRS’: True, ‘OPTIONS’: {

    ‘context_processors’: [

    ‘django.core.context_processors.request’, ‘django.contrib.auth.context_processors.auth’,





Lastly, command migrate is run with an extra –fake-initial option:

python migrate --noinput --fake-initial