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Extension Distributor works well for most people who want a snapshot of extensions that will work with their supported versions of Media Wiki.
If you want a lot of extensions then downloading from Git is probably best.
You may need to run the command as if you don't have full write permissions to the wiki install directories under your current user.
When untarring a tarball package normally a new directory for the new wiki version will be created and you will have to copy the old configuration files and images directory from your old installation directory: , export the files into a clean location, and then copy the old customized files into the new location as described in the previous section.
You might need to perform manual updates to custom extensions.
Different tarballs include some subsets of extensions and have versioning which helps you upgrade choosing the right one for your Media Wiki core release.
If you don't have Git but you want to upgrade a lot of extensions, you might consider using mw Ext Upgrader.
If you use the same from the old version, you may need to adapt it to how new versions handle it: Since Media Wiki 1.24, bundled skins like Vector, Monobook, Modern and Cologne Blue are no longer part of Media Wiki core, and they need to be registered explicitly in Other skins may still not be adapted to the new skin registration system, so refer to the documentation page about each skin to see how to register it properly in case of problems.
Be sure to upgrade to the latest versions of such extensions.
It's strongly recommended to run those pending jobs before upgrading the wiki, to avoid them failing in case the parameter specification of those jobs change on the new version.
Use run While the upgrade scripts are well-maintained and robust, things could still go awry.
If you instead extract the new version directly on top of your old version, rather than in a new directory, you should follow the instructions described in Back up existing files and the database: otherwise, if you've made any customizations you may erase them in a way that leaves you with no reference to re-apply them from.
Extracting a tarball over top of your live copy of Media Wiki can also leave behind files from the old version of Media Wiki which may interfere with the upgraded code.A small patch file is usually made available for a minor version upgrade.