The vast majority of Ghost upgrades are automated from a single command. Typically, we release a minor version of Ghost 1-2 times per week.

The Ghost-CLI has a single command for upgrades: ghost update.


# Update to a specific version (1.0.0 or higher)
ghost update [version]

# Update to version 2.15.0
ghost update 2.15.0


The ghost update command always runs ghost doctor first to check that your site will update correctly.

Run ghost update --help for more detailed information.

# If an upgrade goes wrong, use the rollback flag
ghost update --rollback

# Install and re-download the latest version of Ghost
ghost update --force

# Updates to the latest within v1
ghost update --v1

# Don't restart after upgrading
ghost update --no-restart

# Disable the automatic rollback on failure
ghost update --no-auto-rollback

# Upgrade Ghost from a specific zip (useful for testing or custom builds)
ghost update --zip path/to/

# Disable memory availability checks in ghost doctor 
ghost update --no-check-mem

Major upgrades

Every 12-18 months we release a major version which breaks backwards compatibility and requires a more involved upgrade process, including backups and theme compatibility.

Use the relevant upgrade documentation as a guide to the necessary steps for a smooth upgrade experience:


If running ghost update gives an error, try using ghost run to debug the error.