Sarathlal N

Move Magento 1 installation from one server to another

When customizing Magento, after testing on local server, regularly I want to move my Magento installation in to test server and original host with same content.

Also in some special occasions, we want to change our host and domain name for some of this Magento installations.

So making this process as simple, today I’m write down the essential steps to move an installed Magento application.

Create a new file maintenance.flag in our Magento installation root folder. This file will make our current installation in Maintenance mode and by the way, it prevent user actions on this event.

Either we can use FTP file transfer method or if we have SSH access, we can compress all files & folders as a single file through command line.

If we have SSH access, we can use mysqldump command to backup our Magento database. Else use tools like phpMyAdmin etc to backup database.

Restore database using command line tools or GUI tools like phpMyAdmin etc.

Edit values of web/unsecure/base_url and web/secure/base_url in core_config_data table for our new installation.

UPDATE core_config_data SET value="" WHERE path="web/unsecure/base_url";
UPDATE core_config_data SET value="" WHERE path="web/secure/base_url";

Restore all files and folders in same file structure in new path. Then edit Magento configuration file (app/etc/local.xml).


All files should have 644 permission and folders should have 755 permission.

Just remove all content from var/cache & var/session folders.

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