Migrating or upgrading an existing EOxServer instance may require to perform several tasks depending on the version numbers. In general upgrading versions with changes in the third digit of the version number only e.g. from 0.2.3 to 0.2.4 doesn’t need any special considerations. For all other upgrades please carefully read the relevant sections below.

Migration from 0.3 to 0.4

Unfortunately there are no migrations from version 0.3 to version 0.4 due to a major overhaul of the database schema and configuration. We recommend that you upgrade the EOxServer software, create a new instance and register all the data again.

Migration from 0.2 to 0.3

From version 0.2 to version 0.3 a lot of development effort has been put into EOxServer. Many new features have been implemented and a couple of bugs are now eradicated.

However, if you already have an instance running EOxServer 0.2, this requires a couple of changes to that instance and enables you to configure some new optional configurations aswell.


Before trying to upgrade EOxServer please make sure to backup your database. This step depends on the actual DBMS you are using for your instance.


If you do not have a lot of datasets registered, or can easily reproduce the current status of your instance, a complete newly created instance may be more failsafe than trying to migrate your instance.


Because of changes in the database schema, the migration of referenceable datasets does not work. Please re-register them once the instance is migrated/re-created.

Preparatory steps

Before you upgrade your software, you will need to perform a database dump. The dump is required to migrate your registered objects to the new database. It is performed with the following call:

python manage.py dumpdata core backends coverages --indent=4 > dump.json

Unfortunately in some versions spatialite produces some output aswell, which has to be removed from the top of the created dump.json file.

Software upgrade

Now you are ready to actually perform the software upgrade.

Django & GDAL

The most notable changes concern our technology base: Django & GDAL. EOxServer now relies on features of Django 1.4, so if you still have Django 1.3 or lower installed, please upgrade to (at least) that version. This step, however, depends on how you installed Django in the first place. With pip it should be easy as pie/py:

pip install Django --upgrade

If EOxServer is installed via pip, the upgrade of Django should be done automagically.

Similar to Django, EOxServer now requires at least version 1.7 of the GDAL library respectively its python bindings. GDAL is not explicitly stated in the EOxServer dependencies to allow custom builds and OS specific installations. So you are required to install the minimum required version on your own, via pip, yum, apt, msi or whatever mechanism you prefer.

Please refer to the EOxServer Dependencies table for details on dependencies.


The upgrade of EOxServer is quite similar to Installing EOxServer. For pip you will need the -U (--upgrade) option:

pip install -U EOxServer==0.3


pip install -U “svn+http://eoxserver.org/svn/branches/0.3”

Instance migration

Now that you have installed your software, there is a small step to perform which requires manual handling to upgrade your instance to the new version of EOxServer.

Please open the conf/eoxserver.conf file within your instance directory and locate the modules setting of the [core.registry] setting. The list entry eoxserver.resources.coverages.covmgrs must be corrected to eoxserver.resources.coverages.managers.

Now it is time to re-create your database which is done in three steps: deletion of the old database, creation of a new one, and a synchronization. The deletion and creation of the database depend on the database backend used. For SQLite, for example, only the database file needs to be deleted.

The initialization of the database is done via:

python manage.py syncdb

The old contents of the database can be restored via:

python manage.py loaddata dump.json

New configuration options

Since version 0.2 a couple of new configuration options are available, most notably for defining output formats and CRSs. Please have a look at the relevant sections to see how both are set up.

With Django 1.4, EOxServer allows a much more fine-grained logging mechanism defined in settings.py. Details can be obtained from the Django documentation. The following is an example of how the logging is set up by default in new EOxServer instances using version 0.3:

    'version': 1,
    'disable_existing_loggers': True,
    'filters': {
        'require_debug_false': {
            '()': 'django.utils.log.RequireDebugFalse'
    'formatters': {
        'simple': {
            'format': '%(levelname)s: %(message)s'
        'verbose': {
            'format': '[%(asctime)s][%(module)s] %(levelname)s: %(message)s'
    'handlers': {
        'eoxserver_file': {
            'level': 'DEBUG',
            'class': 'logging.FileHandler',
            'filename': join(PROJECT_DIR, 'logs', 'eoxserver.log'),
            'formatter': 'verbose',
            'filters': [],
    'loggers': {
        'eoxserver': {
            'handlers': ['eoxserver_file'],
            'level': 'DEBUG' if DEBUG else 'INFO',
            'propagate': False,

Another important feature that was introduced in Django 1.4 is the implicit support of time-zones. This can be activated in settings.py:

USE_TZ = True

For a complete list of changes in Django see the official documentation (1.4 and 1.5).