1. Read this page completely before beginning the upgrade.
2. Optionally backup your AWStats configuration and history
Standard AWStats distributions do not change these, but
backing them up allows you to recover them if something does go
amiss. The AWStats default distribution will only overwrite the
configuration file example called awstats.model.conf.
history data files are saved in the
directory defined with the DirData parameter in your AWStats
configuration file (awstats.mysite.conf).
3. Replace AWStats runtime files with the new ones.
To do this you can:
- decompress the new AWStats zip or tgz
package over the old installation directory (old AWStats runtime files
are replaced by new ones. This works for AWStats versions 3.x and
- or just run your OS package tool (i.e.
rpm, apt for Linux, .exe for MS Windows).
Migrating to 6.x versions from earlier versions, observe the following additional notes: i. As of AWStats 6.0+, Perl version is 5.005_03 or
higher is required. To see the version number, run the command perl
from your operating system's command line. ii. If you use the ExtraSections feature, you
must check that the parameter(s) ExtraSectionConditionX uses a full
REGEX syntax (with the 5.x series, this parameter could contain simple
string values). If you don't update your configuration, the feature
will be broken.
iii. If you use the MiscTrackerUrl
feature, you must check
that your ShowMiscStats parameter is set to "ajdfrqwp" in addition to
site. Otherwise the new default value "a" will be used (only the "Add
to favorites" will be reported).
iv. The MaxLengthOfURL parameter has been renamed
update your configuration file accordingly.
v. To enable the worm
detection feature (not enabled by default), you must add
the parameter LevelForWormsDetection=2
in your configuration file.
vi. If you use the urlalias
or userinfo plugins, you must
move the urlalias.*.txt
or userinfo.*.txt file from the Plugins directory to the DirData
4. Convert your AWStats history files when migrating from 3.x or
versions to 5.x or higher.
If you upgrade from the 3.x or 4.x
series to 5.x or higher, AWStats will still be able to 'read' your
old history files but
a warning may appear to ask you to run the 'migrate' process on your
old data files.
Just run the command that will appear in warning message.
This warning will only appear if data migration is necessary after an
upgrade from the 3.x or 4.x series to a
5.x or higher
5. Review new feature default settings.
Sometimes new feature parameters are introduced in a new AWStats
version. AWStats will
use default values for them, maintaining backward compatibility with
your existing AWStats configuration. However, you can review the
"New Features / Change Log" to see how you might change the new