Howto migrate from Joomla1.5 to 1.6 Final| JUpgrade

Question :How  to migrate from joomla 1.5  to  1.6.0  ?joomla-logo


Answer: Updated : 02-03-2011

As you know Joomla 1.6 has been released with some new features to end-users and site administrators including:

  • Finer access controls for viewing and editing content with configurable user groups and viewing levels
  • A user-defined category structure, from simple one-level to complex multi-level categories
  • Installation improvements allowing for multiple extension installations in one package, updatable with a single click
  • Expanded language support for easy production of multi-lingual sites
  • Start and end publishing times for modules with more control over where they display,
  • Fresh new templates and semantic markup to please the eye as well as the search engines
  • More creative control through template styles
  • Hundreds of additional features, streamlining workflow and productivity

Because the changes from Joomla 1.5 to 1.6 are so large and because of the massive effort put into getting Joomla 1.6 to where it is today, there is no core upgrade path, this is indeed a migration.

In this how to we will show you how to migrate from Joomla 1.5 to Joomla1.6 using  com_jupgrade component. Latest release (26-02-2011 Version 1.0.0 Stable release)of this component can migrate :

* Banners – 100%
* Categories – 100%
* Contacts – 100%
* Content – 100%
* Menus – 100%
* Modules – 95%
* Newsfeeds – 100%
* Users – 95%
* Weblinks – 100%

{xtypo_warning}Warning:Actually if you want to upgrade your website to this new release, there is a nice component that


  • PHP 5.x
  • Curl module of PHP enabled
  • Joomla 1.5
  • Enable System – Mootools Upgrade plugin that is included in Joomla 1.5.19 and greater.
  • A Browser with Javascript/jQuery support

Before to start upgrading your website it is important to :

– try first to test upgrading a copy of your website in a test server.

– Before to start upgrade it is important to make a full backup of your website (Database and data).

– Always make sure that your database backup is working and that is not corrupted.{/xtypo_warning}

Now to upgrade follow these steps:

1- First download and  install  com_jupgrade component

2- Because  of  some  download  issues  with  this component you will need  to  download  joomla  1.6 manually and then upload it to your server to  /tmp  in your joomla Root directory. Don`t forget to give full acces to tmp path (chmod 777).

3- Now login to your joomla administrator and install com_jupgrade. Because we already downloaded and copied joomla 1.6 to /tmp directory we will need to skip download option. (See screenshot bellow)




4- Now  lets  start  the upgrade, go to Jupgrade component and click START UPGRADE


Now  click on Administrator  and  enjoy   your  new  control panel   view

And is done.

Now check your website if everything is working without issues.

  • Thor-Ivar Guldberg

    I cannot say that this was so smart, because the solution you describes gives a huge problem. It giving this end of the url, /jupgrade/administrator/ both for website and administration. You are real pirats. I will never trust you again.

  • Zinovsky

    Sorry to hear this, but if you did read our warning, you need to first make a backup before to upgrade, also you need to test this in a copy of your website before to perform final step and upgrade your website.
    For your problem then joomla1.6 has been installed in a sub directory, follow the instruction in this l[url=]joomla forum post to hide the sub-directory on the url[/url]

  • neo

    sweet, upgrading…

  • Jon

    How long is jupgrade supposed to take after you start it? Mine’s been running for over 24hours stuck on checking directories.

  • Kevin

    Not sure what Thor’s trip is? The url is temporary anyway.

    This is incredible, thank you for this powerful tool! Looking forward to having it work with extensions.

    BTW, what comment tool are you using here, it is very clean and nice?

  • Zinovsky

    This tool got a stable release and can migrate 100% your joomla website.
    I`m using compojoom comment system (With Joomla magazine template)

  • Kevin

    Thanks Zin, this is truly great news and thanks for the reply on the comment tool!

  • Just a Techie

    I run all my testing on a VMWare copy of my entire Web Server that way when I test I get an Apples-for-Apples comparison. I tried the upgrade a total of 5 times and each time following the instructions I ended up with a JUpgrade folder in the htdocs folder with a whole new copy of all Joomla folders. Going to the "Site/Administrator" gives you the original admin client still reporting 1.5.23, the version I run, and if you go to "Site/JUpgrade/Administrator" you get the new admin client reporting 1.6.3

    Confusing yes, which verssion controls the live website, I don’t know. End result, stay at 1.5.23.

    If you can explain either where I have gone wrong or how to fix then I will power up the Virtual Machine again and try it out. I did follow all instructions exactly.