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 #23772  by ThemeSplat
 August 14th, 2017, 2:26 pm
The method described here is for updating 3.2.x boards with no core code changes.
  1. Backup all board files and the database.

  2. Download the Full Package of the latest version of 3.2.x

  3. Unzip to your desktop and open the phpBB3 folder.

  4. Remove (delete) the config.php file, and the /images, /store and /files folders from the package (not your site).

  5. Using FTP, delete the /vendor and /cache folders from the board’s root folder on the host.

  6. Via FTP or SSH upload the remaining files and folders (that is, the remaining CONTENTS of the phpBB3 folder) to the root folder of your board installation on the server, overwriting the existing files. (Note: take care not to delete any extensions in your /ext folder when uploading the new phpBB3 contents.)

  7. In your browser go to

  8. Follow the steps to update the database and let that run to completion.

  9. Via FTP or SSH delete the /install folder from the root of your board installation.

  10. Done. You now have a new up to date board containing all your users and posts.

Follow up tasks:
Update your language pack
Update your premium style: ... ThemeSplat (or use the special theme changelog if need be: changelog.php )
Update your premium extensions marketplace.php

NOTE: Only use a good FTP or SSH client, such as FileZilla, to transfer the files. (File transfer utilities provided in host control panels can cause problems.)

If you have a large board you should use the cmd line tool and update it via SSH.
See here:
and here: ... tml#update