Upgrading Zinnia

If you want to upgrade your installation of Zinnia from a previous release, it’s easy, but you need to be cautious. The whole process takes less than 15 minutes.


The first thing to do is a to dump your data for safety reasons.

$ python manage.py dumpdata --indent=2 zinnia > dump_zinnia_before_migration.json

Update Zinnia’s code

We are now ready to upgrade Zinnia. If you want to use the latest stable version use easy_install with this command:

$ easy_install -U django-blog-zinnia

or if you prefer to upgrade from the development release, use pip like that:

$ pip install -U -e git://github.com/Fantomas42/django-blog-zinnia.git#egg=django-blog-zinnia

Update the database

The database should probably be updated to the latest database schema of Zinnia.

$ python manage.py migrate zinnia

The database is now up to date, and ready to use.

Check list

In order to finish the upgrade process, we must check if everything works fine by browsing the Web site.

By experience, problems mainly come from customized templates, because of changes in the URL reverse functions.