Upgrading from Invenio v3.1 to v3.2

If you have your instance of Invenio v3.1 already up and running and you would like to upgrade to version v3.2 you don’t need to set up your project from scratch. The goal of this guide is to show the steps to upgrade your project without losing any of your work.

Pipfile modifications

The most important changes that you will have to make are in Pipfile.

First you need to change the Invenio version:

invenio = { version = "==3.2.0", extras = ["base", "auth", "metadata", "files", "postgresql", "elasticsearch7" ]}

If you want to use the new files bundle make sure you include the files bundle. Add any additional Module Reference you would like in your project in extras.

Make sure that your database and Elasticsearch version matches your installation. In above example the database is postgresql and the Elasticsearch version is elasticsearch7.

To install the new packages in Pipfile run the following commands:

# Update Pipfile.lock
pipenv lock --dev

# Install packages specified in Pipfile.lock
pipenv sync --dev

# Install application code and entrypoints from 'setup.py'
pipenv run pip install -e .

# Build assets
pipenv run invenio collect -v
pipenv run invenio webpack buildall

Database tables

Changes have been made to the database from Invenio 3.1 so you will need to upgrade the database by running the latest Alembic recipes:

invenio alembic upgrade

Your database should now have the latest changes.


To integrate the files bundle with your Invenio instance, please see the guide to configure files for Invenio 3.2.

For files to work properly ensure that the config variables RECORDS_FILES_REST_ENDPOINTS and FILES_REST_PERMISSION_FACTORY have been configured properly.


If you are upgrading from a previous cookiecutter instance and you updated records/config.py, please remember to update the changed config keys in records/ext.py.

Uploading files

Records created after you upgraded to Invenio 3.2 will support files out-of-the-box as long as files are configured properly.

However, if you have records created by previous versions of Invenio they will not work with files because there is no bucket attached to the record. To support uploading files to an old record you first need to create a bucket for each record you want to enable files support for and update the record’s metadata.

Invenio currently doesn’t provide a script for this migration. However, here a snippet that can help with the migration:

from invenio_db import db
from invenio_records_files.api import Record
from invenio_records_files.models import RecordsBuckets

# Get all old records as invenio_records_files.api:Record objects
old_records = # ...
for record in old_records:
    # Create a bucket
    if not record.bucket_id:
        bucket = Record.create_bucket(record)
        if bucket:
            # Attach bucket to the record
            Record.dump_bucket(record, bucket)
            RecordsBuckets.create(record=record.model, bucket=bucket)


Invenio 3.2 comes with support for Elasticsearch 6 and 7. Support for Elasticsearch v2 and v5 has been deprecated and will be removed in future releases. It’s recommended to upgrade your Elasticsearch version to stay up-to-date.


If you’re upgrading to Elasticsearch v7, don’t forget to add mappings for v7.

There are currently two paths to upgrade to Elasticsearch v7: upgrade by reindexing all your records or by using Elasticsearch rolling upgrades.

Upgrade to v7 by reindexing

The easiest way to upgrade to v7 is to upgrade your Invenio installation, install Elasticsearch v7 and then reindex all your records stored in the database with the following command:

$ invenio index reindex -t <pid_type>


This command will destroy your indexed records with the provided pid_type and reindex all records.

However, this means you have to reindex everything and will require some downtime

Upgrade by Elasticsearch rolling upgrades

Elasticsearch supports rolling upgrades which can upgrade your Elasticsearch installation between certain versions without any interruption to your service. This will allow you to upgrade from v5 to v6 or v6 to v7, but not from v5 to v7 due to index incompatibilities.

Upgrade by index migration


This section describes an unreleased feature.

Invenio v3.3 will add support for online index migration. This will allow you to upgrade between Elasticsearch versions, migrate indexes between clusters as well as upgrade Elasticsearch mappings. You can read more about this upcoming feature on: