Manual Update to Drupal 8.4 - without Drush or Composer

by Progonat   Last Updated December 28, 2017 22:07 PM

Is it possible to upgrade Drupal from 3.7 to 8.4 without Drush or Composer?

Even though I have used composer I am not comfortable with using terminal/console command lines operations. So far used composer to install and remove modules. That's about it.

Looked at manual update options. There are no instructions yet for this method.

This is what I am planning on doing.

Download and extract the latest version of Drupal from here.

  • Backup your database through PHPMyAdmin and website before proceeding.
  • Put site in maintenance mode by navigation to configuration -> maintenance mode
  • Remove ‘core’ and ‘vendor’ directory project dir.
  • Upload the core directory from the Drupal 8.4 version downloaded.
  • Upload .htaccess,composer.lock and composer.json files from the downloaded Drupal to project.
  • Upload vendor directory from the download Drupal version to your project.
  • Go to

Am I missing something? Or should I figure out the composer route?

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