The Rails Upgrade Series

Welcome to our series of Rails upgrade miniguides. Here you'll find links to all of the relevant posts to help with an upgrade.

First, if you or your boss are unsure whether an upgrade is a good idea then we have a pair of articles covering the technical and business reasons:

Laying the groundwork

Before jumping into updating gems and other actions, it is important to assess your codebase and lay the groundwork for your upgrade.

We would recommend that you assess your codebase before making changes, both to understand the work required and to find potential hotspots that might cause issues. You can learn our recommended approach here:

A guide for each version jump

We recommend upgrading to the next minor or major version in individual steps instead of taking big jumps, e.g. upgrading from 4.1 to 4.2 to 5.0.

To help you with each step, we have written a series of guides:

You can also download these as a collection in The Complete Guide to Upgrade Rails.

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