Upgrading to a New NetBox Release
Review the Release Notes
Prior to upgrading your NetBox instance, be sure to carefully review all release notes that have been published since your current version was released. Although the upgrade process typically does not involve additional work, certain releases may introduce breaking or backward-incompatible changes. These are called out in the release notes under the release in which the change went into effect.
Update Dependencies to Required Versions
NetBox v2.9.0 and later requires the following:
Install the Latest Release
As with the initial installation, you can upgrade NetBox by either downloading the latest release package or by cloning the
master branch of the git repository.
Option A: Download a Release
Download the latest stable release from GitHub as a tarball or ZIP archive. Extract it to your desired path. In this example, we'll use
Download and extract the latest version:
wget https://github.com/netbox-community/netbox/archive/vX.Y.Z.tar.gz sudo tar -xzf vX.Y.Z.tar.gz -C /opt sudo ln -sfn /opt/netbox-X.Y.Z/ /opt/netbox
ldap_config.py (if present) from the current installation to the new version:
sudo cp /opt/netbox-X.Y.Z/local_requirements.txt /opt/netbox/ sudo cp /opt/netbox-X.Y.Z/netbox/netbox/configuration.py /opt/netbox/netbox/netbox/ sudo cp /opt/netbox-X.Y.Z/netbox/netbox/ldap_config.py /opt/netbox/netbox/netbox/
Be sure to replicate your uploaded media as well. (The exact action necessary will depend on where you choose to store your media, but in general moving or copying the media directory will suffice.)
sudo cp -pr /opt/netbox-X.Y.Z/netbox/media/ /opt/netbox/netbox/
Also make sure to copy or link any custom scripts and reports that you've made. Note that if these are stored outside the project root, you will not need to copy them. (Check the
REPORTS_ROOT parameters in the configuration file above if you're unsure.)
sudo cp -r /opt/netbox-X.Y.Z/netbox/scripts /opt/netbox/netbox/ sudo cp -r /opt/netbox-X.Y.Z/netbox/reports /opt/netbox/netbox/
If you followed the original installation guide to set up gunicorn, be sure to copy its configuration as well:
sudo cp /opt/netbox-X.Y.Z/gunicorn.py /opt/netbox/
Option B: Clone the Git Repository
This guide assumes that NetBox is installed at
/opt/netbox. Pull down the most recent iteration of the master branch:
cd /opt/netbox sudo git checkout master sudo git pull origin master
Run the Upgrade Script
Once the new code is in place, verify that any optional Python packages required by your deployment (e.g.
django-auth-ldap) are listed in
local_requirements.txt. Then, run the upgrade script:
This script performs the following actions:
- Destroys and rebuilds the Python virtual environment
- Installs all required Python packages (listed in
- Installs any additional packages from
- Applies any database migrations that were included in the release
- Collects all static files to be served by the HTTP service
- Deletes stale content types from the database
- Deletes all expired user sessions from the database
- Clears all cached data to prevent conflicts with the new release
If the upgrade script prompts a warning about unreflected database migrations, this indicates that some change has been made to your local codebase and should be investigated. Never attempt to create new migrations unless you are intentionally modifying the database schema.
Restart the NetBox Services
If you are upgrading from an installation that does not use a Python virtual environment (any release prior to v2.7.9), you'll need to update the systemd service files to reference the new Python and gunicorn executables before restarting the services. These are located in
/opt/netbox/venv/bin/. See the example service files in
/opt/netbox/contrib/ for reference.
Finally, restart the gunicorn and RQ services:
sudo systemctl restart netbox netbox-rq
If upgrading from an installation that uses supervisord, please see the instructions for migrating to systemd. The use of supervisord is no longer supported.