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Andrew Brown
Andrew Brown

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How to keep your forem server up to date for selfhost

If you are using the vanilla version of forem and you want to update we have can use the foremctl update or foremimg

foremctl is defined in the forem.yml and here we can what foremctl update is doing

  echo "Updating Forem..."
  sudo /usr/local/bin/foremimg
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Its simply just running foremimg

If you run foremimg or foremctl update, its going to want a repo.

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Forem's official image is hosted on

So we can just do sudo foremimg

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Now that our tag is set we can use sudo foremctl update as expected.

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For the new image to take affect we need to run sudo forem restart

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After you have updated and restarted your server you will want to bake an AMI if you are using AWS.

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Joe Doss

We update our Forem Cloud instances twice a week. I would update your Forem selfhost instance at least every couple weeks or so.