Software Upgrades

Cells binary is self-contained and can be easily updated / upgraded. Use the in-app tool, the command-line, or simply replace the existing binary by the latest binary. All necessary migrations will be performed on version-change detection. Downgrading is not possible though, as downward migrations are generally not implemented.

In-App Tool

Update Pydio Cells to the latest version

  • Check new updates available with the Check button,
  • Select the version and install. Once it's finished you will be invited to restart your Cells instance.
  • On Linux if you are bound to privileged ports (80 or 443) make sure to set the capabilities with:
  setcap 'cap_net_bind_service=+ep' cells

Upgrade Pydio Cells Home to Pydio Cells Enterprise

Click on Upgrade to Cells Enterprise:

  • A menu appears, proceed by clicking on start.
  • You must accept the terms of the license (check box at the bottom).
  • You are now invited to provide your License Key.
  • Press install now.
  • If you are on Linux and using port 80 and/or 443, make sure to give correct permission to your binary:
sudo setcap 'cap_net_bind_service=+ep' /opt/pydio/bin/cells

Command Line

Update Pydio Cells to the latest version

  • Run the command ./cells update
  • Identify the latest version number available (for instance 4.0.1)
  • Run: ./cells update --version=4.0.1
  • If you are on Linux and using port 80/443, set the capabilities with: setcap 'cap_net_bind_service=+ep' cells,
  • Restart Cells

Upgrade from Home to Enterprise Distribution

  • Stop the Cells service
  • Download the latest cells-enterprise binary and replace the current one (if you are using systemd either rename the binary to cells or update your cells.service target)
  • Add the key provided by our sales team in a pydio-license file owned by the user running Cells in your CELLS_WORKING_DIR directory
  • Restart Cells.


Disabling automatic checks

In some situations, your server is not able/allowed to access the internet. You can turn off the automatic checks to avoid seeing errors in your admin dashboard.

  • Go to: Admin Web Console > Software Updates
  • Check the disable update checks box.


To provide an additional security layer and to avoid MITM attack, all binaries downloaded from the official update server are signed with our private key: the server always check the validity of the package it has downloaded before applying the upgrade (by replacing the Pydio Cells binary).

Do not forget setcap!

After Updating always make sure to set the capabilities if you are running on a Linux server.

setcap 'cap_net_bind_service=+ep' cells

This is not compulsory if you use our recommended cells.service systemd configuration that defines this parameter: AmbientCapabilities=CAP_NET_BIND_SERVICE. We yet strongly suggest to do it so that you won't get stuck in the future if you ever happen to try starting the apoplication by directly runing cells start with the pydio user.

Upgrading from Cells to Cells Enterprise

After upgrading to enterprise distribution, make sure that you have the license file, located in CELLS_WORKING_DIR/pydio-license.

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