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Updating Hyde Projects

This guide will help you update your HydePHP project to the latest version.

Before You Start

When updating an existing installation, first ensure that you have a backup of your project in case anything goes wrong. The recommended way to do this is to use Git as that allows you to smoothly roll back any changes.

Version Compatibility

HydePHP follows semantic versioning, so you can expect that minor and patch releases will be backwards compatible. Only major releases may introduce breaking changes, all of which are thoroughly documented in the accompanying release notes.

New features and bug fixes are added in minor and patch releases, so it is recommended to keep your project up to date.

Side effects and ensuring a smooth update

Please note that due to the intricate nature of software, there is a possibility that an update contains side effects, hence why version controlling your site is helpful when updating versions as you can roll back changes. It can also be helpful to version control the compiled HTML, so you can view a diff of the changes. Be sure to test that your site can be built and that it looks as expected after updating before deploying the changes to your live site.

We of course have extensive tests in place run on each single code commit to ensure all code is functional, however, it is still possible that some edge cases slip through. This means that a bug fix may impact an edge case that you depend on.

Obligatory related XKCD:


Which method?

Depending on how you installed Hyde, there are a few different ways to update it.

We have a few methods documented here. The Git method is recommended as it is the easiest and safest way to update your project. If you are not using Git, you can still update your project using any of the manual methods.

Regardless of the method you use, make sure you follow the post-update instructions at the end.

Updating just the Framework

If you just want to update the framework patch version, you can do so by running the following command:

1composer update hyde/framework

While the same can still be done for minor versions, it's best to also update your project scaffolding and resources to ensure that everything is up to date, for which you should use the methods below.

Using Git

First, make sure you have a remote set up for the base project repository.

1git remote add upstream

Then pull the latest release from the upstream repository.

1git pull upstream master

After this, you should update your composer dependencies:

1composer update

Next, follow the post-update instructions.

Manual Update

If you are not using Git, you can still update your project. This is a bit more involved, but it is still possible.

  1. First, you will need to download the latest release archive from the releases page.
  2. Then extract the archive, and copy the contents into your project directory.

Since this may overwrite modified files, it may be safer to use the hard update method.

Hard Update

If you are having trouble updating your project, you can try a hard update. In short, this approach consists of creating a brand new project and copying over only your source and resource files. If you do not want to use Git, this may be the safest option as you won't be overriding any of your existing files.

If you have changed any other files, for example in the App directory, you will need to update those files manually as well. The same goes if you have created any custom Blade components or have modified Hyde ones.

Here is an example CLI workflow, but you can do the same using a graphical file manager.

1mv my-project my-project-old
2composer create-project hyde/hyde my-project
4cp -r my-old-project/_pages my-project/content/_pages
5cp -r my-old-project/_posts my-project/content/_posts
6cp -r my-old-project/_media my-project/content/_media
7cp -r my-old-project/_docs my-project/content/_docs
8cp -r my-old-project/config my-project/config

Next, follow the post-update instructions. After verifying that everything is working, you can delete the old project directory.

Post-update instructions

After updating Hyde you should update your config and resource files. This is where things can get a tiny bit dangerous as existing files may be overwritten. If you are using Git, you can easily take care of any merge conflicts that arise.

First, ensure that your dependencies are up to date. If you have already done this, you can skip this step.

1composer update

Then, update your config files. This is the hardest part, as you may need to manually copy in your own changes.

1php hyde publish:configs

If you have published any of the included Blade components you will need to re-publish them.

1php hyde publish:views layouts
2php hyde publish:views components

Next, recompile your assets, if you are not using the built-in assets.

1npm install
2npm run dev/prod

Finally, you can rebuild your site.

1php hyde build

Now, you should browse your site files to ensure things are still looking as expected.