DSpace 1.6 released!

As you will have hopefully read in the publicity that has gone out – DSpace 1.6 is finally released! It has been 9 or 10 months in the making, has involved and benefited from a lot of input from dozens of developers, users, and testers, and contains some fantastic new features. It has been a privilege to co-ordinate the release, and I hope it proves a useful upgrade to current users, and a useful product to new users.

But progress waits for no one – the community is already thinking about what comes next! We’ve seen changes in the way development has taken place for 1.6 (see: ‘On DSpace Development‘) and we want to continue to innovate both in terms of the way development is steered, and how it takes place. We’ve got some ‘special meetings’ planned to look at this: how to manage releases and how to manage the release cycle. Exciting times. If you’ve got any interest in DSpace, keep an eye out for these meetings and join in. Associated with this is the call for more committers. If you’re interested in developing DSpace, read the call.

[A small errata from the DSpace newsletter: It states that the ability for item exports to take place via the user interfaces has been added in 1.6. This facility has been there since 1.5.1 and was written by Scott Philips. What has been added in 1.6 is the ability (making use of some of Scott’s code) for the command line version of the batch importer and exporter to handle zip files of multiple items. This means you can export multiple items to just one zip file, transfer the single file to a new server, and re-import it.]free online game car

16 thoughts on “DSpace 1.6 released!

  1. George

    DSpace 1.6
    There is NO “Add ability to export/import entire Community/Collection/Item structure (for backups, for entire content migrations)”

  2. Victor

    Hello Stuart,

    My name is Victor, I am working in Dspace project in Peru, I want to migrate dspace 1.4.2 to 1.6 version. What is the best way to migrate? Any code to migrate the data base?

    Appreciate your help.

  3. Stuart Post author

    Hi Victor,

    When migrating you need to migrate the database for each major release (1.4, 1.5, 1.6 etc). The upgrade instructions in the DSpace documentation explain how to do this. You don’t however have to upgrade the application for each version, you can skip straight to the latest version.

    So for your case, you need to run the 1.4 to 1.5 database upgrade script, and the 1.5 to 1.6 database upgrade script. You can then install and run the latest DSpace version. The latest version is currently 1.6.1 however we will shortly be releasing 1.6.2.

    Of course always remember to take backups before any upgrade! 🙂

    I hope that helps,


  4. Barrie

    Hi Stuart.

    I need to do the same. If I understand correctly I only need to run for both 1.4 -> 1.5 -> 1.6:

    For PostgreSQL:

    psql -U [dspace-user] -f [dspace-source]/dspace/etc/postgres/database_schema_15_16.sql [database name] (Your database name is by default ‘dspace’).


    For PostgreSQL

    psql -U [dspace-user] -f [dspace-source]/dspace/etc/database_schema_14-15.sql [database-name]

    I hope it is this easy!

    Thanks for your continued help.


  5. Stuart Post author

    Hi Barrie,

    Yes – that is right. First perform the 1.4 to 1.5 database upgrade, then the 1.5 to 1.6 upgrade. With the code, that can be upgraded directly from 1.4 to 1.6.



  6. Rupesh

    we are using dspace 1.4.2 on windows xp, can you tell me that how to upgrade to new version of dspace i.e 1.52.2 or 1.6.2 on windows

  7. Stuart Post author

    Hi Rupesh. Take a look in the manual of the version you are upgrading to (e.g. 1.6.2), and it will have a section about how to upgrade. Generally you need to update the database for each major version (1.4.2 -> 1.5 -> 1.6) and then just run the latest code.

  8. Zamshed Farhan

    Dear Expert.
    I am a newbie on using DSpace. I got a system with DSpace 1.4.2. I want to update it to latest version 1.6.2. All told that there is no direct way to upgrade from 1.4 to 1.6. We have to upgrade the system to 1.5 first, then upgrade 1.5 to 1.6. Is it right? Or any other ways to upgrade from 1.4 to 1.6 directly?

  9. Stuart Post author

    Hi, You have to upgrade the database for each major version (1.4.2 -> 1.5 -> 1.6.2) but the application can be upgraded directly from 1.4.2 -> 1.6.2.

  10. Zamshed Farhan

    Dear Expert. I am confused about the database upgrading from 1.4 -> 1.5 -> 1.6. If I take the DB from 1.4 by exporting, and then import that for 1.6, then what is the problem?

  11. Stuart Post author

    Every major (1.2, 1.3, 1.4 etc) version of DSpace comes with a database upgrade script. There is no need to export and import the database, other than for backup and restore purposes. You run the upgrade SQL script on the database, and it will upgrade the database tables to be compatible with the DSpace code for that version. Run the upgrade script to upgrade it to 1.5, then run the next upgrade script to upgrade it to 1.6.

  12. Zamshed Farhan

    According to the last response from Barrie, the upgrading process for database (PostgreSQL) from 1.4 to 1.6 will be as follows:

    psql -U [dspace-user] -f [dspace-source]/dspace/etc/database_schema_14-15.sql [database-name]

    psql -U [dspace-user] -f [dspace-source]/dspace/etc/database_schema_15-16.sql [database-name]

    Am I right?

  13. sharika

    I am using Dspace version 1.7.2 for establishing the Digital Library.

    Pls guide me I have Email Ids of user in CSV Format and I want to upload the same in bulk. As its really time consuming to write Email Ids of each user.

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