This guide will inform you about breaking changes you should be aware of
when upgrading, as well as take you through the correct sequence of steps
in order to obtain a no-downtime migration in different upgrade
Kong adheres to semantic versioning, which makes a
distinction between “major”, “minor” and “patch” versions. The upgrade path
will be different on which previous version from which you are migrating.
If you are upgrading from 0.x, this is a major upgrade. If you are
upgrading from 1.0.x or 1.1.x, this is a minor upgrade. Both scenarios are
If you are using the provided binary packages, all necessary dependencies
are bundled. If you are building your dependencies by hand, you should
be aware of the following changes:
- The required OpenResty version is 184.108.40.206, but for a full feature set,
including stream routing and service mesh abilities with mutual TLS, you need
Note that the set of patches was updated from 1.0 to 1.2.
- The minimum required OpenSSL version is 1.1.1. If you are building by hand,
make sure all dependencies, including LuaRocks modules, are compiled using
the same OpenSSL version. If you are installing Kong from one of our
distribution packages, you are not affected by this change.
2. Breaking Changes
Kong 1.2 does not include any breaking changes over Kong 1.0 or 1.1, but Kong 1.0
included a number of breaking changes over Kong 0.x. If you are upgrading
from 0.14,x, please read the section on
Kong 1.0 Breaking Changes carefully before
3. Suggested Upgrade Path
The lowest version that Kong 1.2 supports migrating from is 0.14.1. if you
are migrating from a previous 0.x release, please migrate to 0.14.1 first.
For upgrading from 0.14.1 to Kong 1.2, the steps for upgrading are the same as
upgrading from 0.14.1 to Kong 1.0. Please follow the steps described in the
“Migration Steps from 0.14” in the Suggested Upgrade Path for Kong
Kong 1.2 supports a no-downtime migration model. This means that while the
migration is ongoing, you will have two Kong clusters running, sharing the
same database. (This is sometimes called the Blue/Green migration model.)
The migrations are designed so that there is no need to fully copy
the data, but this also means that they are designed in such a way so that
the new version of Kong is able to use the data as it is migrated, and to do
it in a way so that the old Kong cluster keeps working until it is finally
time to decomission it. For this reason, the full migration is now split into
two steps, which are performed via commands
kong migrations up (which does
only non-destructive operations) and
kong migrations finish (which puts the
database in the final expected state for Kong 1.2).
- Download 1.2, and configure it to point to the same datastore
as your old (1.0 or 1.1) cluster. Run
kong migrations up.
- Once that finishes running, both the old and new (1.2) clusters can now
run simultaneously on the same datastore. Start provisioning
1.2 nodes, but do not use their Admin API yet. If you need to
perform Admin API requests, these should be made to the old cluster’s nodes.
The reason is to prevent the new cluster from generating data
that is not understood by the old cluster.
- Gradually divert traffic away from your old nodes, and into
your 1.2 cluster. Monitor your traffic to make sure everything
is going smoothly.
- When your traffic is fully migrated to the 1.2 cluster,
decommission your old nodes.
- From your 1.2 cluster, run:
kong migrations finish.
From this point on, it will not be possible to start
nodes in the old cluster pointing to the same datastore anymore. Only run
this command when you are confident that your migration
was successful. From now on, you can safely make Admin API
requests to your 1.2 nodes.
Upgrade Path from 1.2 Release Candidates
The process is the same as for upgrading from 1.0 listed above, but on step 1
you should run
kong migrations up --force instead.
Upgrade Path for Patch Releases
There are no migrations in upgrades between current or
future patch releases of the same minor release of Kong
(e.g. 1.0.0 to 1.0.1, 1.0.1 to 1.0.4, etc.). Therefore, the
upgrade process is simpler.
Assuming that Kong is already running on your system, acquire the latest
version from any of the available installation
methods and proceed to install it, overriding
your previous installation.
If you are planning to make modifications to your configuration, this is a
good time to do so.
Then, run migration to upgrade your database schema:
$ kong migrations up [-c configuration_file]
If the command is successful, and no migration ran
(no output), then you only have to
$ kong reload [-c configuration_file]
kong reload leverages the Nginx
reload signal that seamlessly
starts new workers, which take over from old workers before those old workers
are terminated. In this way, Kong will serve new requests via the new
configuration, without dropping existing in-flight connections.
Installing 1.2 on a Fresh Datastore
For installing on a fresh datastore, Kong 1.2 have the
bootstrap command. The following commands can be run to prepare a new 1.2
cluster from a fresh datastore:
$ kong migrations bootstrap [-c config]
$ kong start [-c config]