Here we cover how to upgrade to the latest Longhorn from all previous releases.

Deprecation & Incompatibility

There are no deprecated or incompatible changes introduced in v1.7.0.

Upgrade Path Enforcement and Downgrade Prevention

Starting with v1.5.0, Longhorn only allows upgrades from supported versions. When you attempt to upgrade from an unsupported version, the operation automatically fails but you can revert to the previously installed version without any service interruption or downtime.

Moreover, Longhorn does not support downgrades to earlier versions. This restriction helps prevent unexpected system behavior and issues associated with function incompatibility, deprecation, or removal.


  • Once you successfully upgrade to v1.6.0, you will not be allowed to revert to the previously installed version.
  • The Downgrade Prevention feature was introduced in v1.5.0 so Longhorn is unable to prevent downgrade attempts in older versions. However, downgrading is completely unsupported and is therefore not recommended.

The following table outlines the supported upgrade paths.

Current versionTarget versionSupportedExample
x.y.*x.(y+1).*v1.4.2 to v1.5.1
x.y.*x.y.(*+n)v1.5.0 to v1.5.1
x.y1.*(x+1).y.*v1.30.0 to v2.0.0
x.(y-1).*x.(y+1).*Xv1.3.3 to v1.5.1
x.(y-2).*x.(y+1).*Xv1.2.6 to v1.5.1
x.y.*x.(y-1).*Xv1.6.0 to v1.5.1
x.y.*x.y.(*-1)Xv1.5.1 to v1.5.0

Upgrading Longhorn

There are normally two steps in the upgrade process: first upgrade Longhorn manager to the latest version, then manually upgrade the Longhorn engine to the latest version using the latest Longhorn manager.

1. Upgrade Longhorn manager

2. Manually Upgrade Longhorn Engine

After Longhorn Manager is upgraded, Longhorn Engine also needs to be upgraded using the Longhorn UI.

3. Automatically Upgrade Longhorn Engine

Since Longhorn v1.1.1, we provide an option to help you automatically upgrade engines

4. Automatically Migrate Recurring Jobs

With the introduction of the new label-driven Recurring Job feature, Longhorn has removed the RecurringJobs field in the Volume Spec and planned to deprecate RecurringJobs in the StorageClass.

During the upgrade, Longhorn will automatically:

  • Create new recurring job CRs from the recurringJobs field in Volume Spec and convert them to the volume labels.
  • Create new recurring job CRs from the recurringJobs in the StorageClass and convert them to the new recurringJobSelector parameter.

Visit Recurring Snapshots and Backups for more information about the new Recurring Job feature.

Extended Reading

Visit Some old instance manager pods are still running after upgrade for more information about the cleanup strategy of instance manager pods during upgrade.

Need Help?

If you have any issues, please report it at and include your backup yaml files as well as manager logs.

  1. Longhorn only allows upgrades from any patch version of the last minor release before the new major version. For example, if v1.3.0 is the last minor version before v2.0, you can upgrade from any patch version of v1.3.0 to any patch version of v2.0. ↩︎

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