Downgrading

A direct, in-place downgrade of ArangoDB is not supported. If you have upgraded your ArangoDB package, and then also upgraded your current data directory, it is not supported to downgrade the package and start an older ArangoDB version on a data directory that was upgraded already.

If you are using a standalone ArangoDB server, data directory could have been upgraded automatically during package upgrade. If you are using the Starter to start your ArangoDB, and you have not triggered yet the rolling upgrade, or upgraded it manually, your data directory is (probably) still on the old version, so you should be able to binary downgrade in this case.

Supported Downgrade Procedures

In order to downgrade, the following options are available:

  • Restore a backup you took using the tool Arangodump before the upgrade.
  • Start the old package on the data directory backup you took before the upgrade.

Restore an arangodump Backup

This procedure assumes that you have taken an arangodump backup using the old ArangoDB version, before you upgraded it.

  1. Stop ArangoDB (if you are using an Active Failover, or a Cluster, stop all the needed processes on all the machines).
  2. As extra precaution, take a backup of your current data directory (at filesystem level). If you are using an Active Failover or a Cluster, you will need to backup all the data directories of all the processes involved, from all machines. Make sure you move your data directory backup to a safe place.
  3. Uninstall the ArangoDB package (use appropriate purge option so your current data directory is deleted, if you are using a stand alone instance).
  4. Install the old version of ArangoDB.
  5. Start ArangoDB. If you are using the Starter, please make sure you use a new data directory for the Starter.
  6. Restore the arangodump backup taken before upgrading.

Start the old package on the data directory backup

This procedure assumes that you have created a copy of your data directory (after having stopped the ArangoDB process running on it) before the upgrade. If you are running an Active Failover, or a Cluster, this procedure assumes that you have stopped them before the upgrade, and that you have taken a copy of their data directories, from all involved machines.

This procedure cannot be used if you have done a rolling upgrade of your Active Failover or Cluster setups (because in this case you do not have a copy of the data directories.

  1. Stop ArangoDB (if you are using an Active Failover, or a Cluster, stop all the needed processes on all the machines).
  2. As extra precaution, take a backup of your data directory (at filesystem level). If you are using an Active Failover or a Cluster, you will need to backup all the data directories of all the processes involved, from all machines. Make sure you move your backup to a safe place.
  3. Uninstall the ArangoDB package (use appropriate purge option so your current data directory is deleted, if you are using a stand alone instance).
  4. Install the old version of ArangoDB.
  5. Start ArangoDB on the data directory that you have backup-ed up (at filesystem level) before the upgrade. As an extra precaution, please first take a new copy of this directory and move it to a safe place.