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Some versions may require changes to the database. These changes or database "migrations" are applied automatically and safely, but, it is recommended to take a backup of the Postgres database before running the --upgrade option, especially if you have made customizations to the database tables.


  • Download the latest release and extract the listmonk binary.
  • ./listmonk --upgrade to upgrade an existing DB. Upgrades are idempotent and running them multiple times have no side effects.
  • Run ./listmonk and visit http://localhost:9000.

If you installed listmonk as a service, you will need to stop it before overwriting the binary. Something like sudo systemctl stop listmonk or sudo service listmonk stop should work. Then overwrite the binary with the new version, then run ./listmonk --upgrade, andstart` it back with the same commands.

If it's not running as a service, pkill -9 listmonk will stop the listmonk process.


  • docker compose pull to pull the latest version from DockerHub.
  • docker compose run --rm app ./listmonk --upgrade to upgrade an existing DB.
  • Run docker compose up app db and visit http://localhost:9000.


  • Head to your dashboard, and select your Listmonk project.
  • Select the GitHub deployment service.
  • In the Deployment tab, head to the latest deployment, click on the three vertical dots to the right, and select "Redeploy".

Railway Redeploy option


To restore a previous version, you have to restore the DB for that particular version. DBs that have been upgraded with a particular version shouldn't be used with older versions. There may be DB changes that a new version brings that are incompatible with previous versions.

General steps:

  1. Stop listmonk.
  2. Restore your pre-upgrade database.
  3. If you're using docker compose, edit docker-compose.yml and change listmonk:latest to listmonk:v2.4.0 (for example).
  4. Restart.

Example with docker:

  1. Stop listmonk (app):
    sudo docker stop listmonk_app
  2. Restore your pre-upgrade db (required) (be careful, this will wipe your existing DB):
    psql -h -p 9432 -U listmonk
    drop schema public cascade;
    create schema public;
    psql -h -p 9432 -U listmonk -W listmonk < listmonk-preupgrade-db.sql
  3. Edit the docker-compose.yml:
    x-app-defaults: &app-defaults
      restart: unless-stopped
      image: listmonk/listmonk:v2.4.0
  4. Restart: sudo docker compose up -d app db nginx certbot