Can I restore backups from older Discourse versions?



I’m new to Discourse and plan to use it in production very soon.

I have a question regarding backups and their relation to the platform version. I read in this topic that in order to restore a backup the source and target Discourse installs must be on the same version. How strong is this constraint?

I’m thinking about the scenario where, for whatever reason, I loose my current Discourse installation (e.g., after a disk drive failure) and need to reinstall it.

As I understand it, the bootstrap process will fetch a new Discourse version. Will I be able to restore backups from the previous installation? If not, do I need to fix the version parameter to make sure I always run the same Discourse version?

Thank you.

(Sam Saffron) #2

Yes, you can restore previous versions via the web ui