How to upgrade OJS from version 3.1.1 to 3.1.2

It is nice to know that OJS version is always improve from version 1 to version 3. The majority of user of OJS 3 is using the version, as OJS administrator we need to update the OJS as it released. By using the latest version of OJS, our site would become faster, secure and can utilize many of the new features.

The latest version of OJS right now is 3.1.2. It fine if you do not want to upgrade but we recommend to use the minimal version since it is the secure one for OJS before the latest release..

However if you need to use the features that already developed by the OJS team let we upgrade the OJS version from 3.1.1 to 3.1.2. If you curious what the bugfix and the new features, you can check the list here.

Important :
Before we doing the upgrade process please backup your OJS sites and database to external drive.

Backup your OJS 3.1.1 by copy-paste it to new folder named OJS 3.1.1

Upgrading OJS 3.1.1 to OJS 3.1.2

1. Download the New OJS 3.1.2 package from this link

2. Upload the downloaded file to your server name the folder OJS3.1.2

3. Copy this file/folder from the previous OJS version (3.1.1) to the new version (OJS 3.1.2)

– public/

4. Enter your OJS 3.1.2 folder find the file. Change installed config in the file

From On to Off


5. Access your OJS site with your browser and find the section that shown as image below then click the word on the yellow highlight :

Next you need to confirm upgrade action by clicking the button as shown below :


Wait until finished.

  1. Return the configuration on the file to On again.


If you are use our Professional Academic Pro Theme you may find that your site would be look messy after upgrade process.

Your OJS index site would be get messed. 😃

No I am kidding.

Fix the theme Appearance

We would fix it the theme since new upgrade not recognize the cache of your template.

  1. Login to your administrator
  2. Access Dashboard
  3. Download the theme (make sure it is the right version – Academic Pro theme version 2.+)
  4. Place the folder as you previously download to the /plugins/themes/
  5. Extract there
  6. Enable the theme on the dashboard – plugins – theme section
  7. Select the theme in the appearance page.
  8. Just Click the Save button on the appearance page after the theme is selected.
  9. Refresh you journal index page and see the result

Congrat : We had finished the upgrade process.


OJS Upgrade Services by openjournaltheme

We also provide provide OJS upgrade service, check this out :

OJS Upgrade 2.x to OJS 3latest OJS version

OJS Upgrade 3.x to 3.x or latest OJS version

openjournaltheme have a few of  standards in the process of upgrade OJS site by implementing a staging process and Creating a backup of your current OJS to ensure that nothing goes wrong with your current OJS site.

5 thoughts on “How to upgrade OJS from version 3.1.1 to 3.1.2”

  1. Maybe i’m missing something, i end up with two folders 3.1.1 and 3.1.2, should is simply delete 3.1.1 folder/instalation?
    And what about SEO, and what about future upgrades 3.1.n, isn’t bad to change base url?

    1. 1.should is simply delete 3.1.1 folder/instalation?

      Answer :
      Please read again our post carefully

      2.Does change of base url have side effect to seo?

      Yes and it is negative effect for the SEO of all your articles except you also doing procedure to change the url on the google console (it is outside of this tutorial scope).

      It also would break your DOI record. On the short It is not recommended to change base url.

      3.What about the future update?
      You should plan and execute the ojs update periodically to patch some security hole or to get new features on every release.

      1. Hi Dr. Salwa

        Regarding your question, as our experience, you need to upgrade your OJS step by step from the next version to the latest version. 

        After you have done it, you should check on each journal for the process of submission, reviewer, check any tab on each of the journals, plugin, download pdf/asset from the article, and other functionality of OJS on each journal. The problem may persist different from each journal on your OJS. 

        You also need to backup the first working version which is the ojs files, database, and the working ojs source code.
        It may happen like this, on the second step after you update it you get the failed version so you need to start it all over again.


  2. Hi,
    we are using OJS version is 1.4.4 and we want to upgrade to to the latest or minimal version how do we do that? do we have to go up version by version or straight to the latest version? please advise.

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