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DOCman 3.x to DOCman 3.2

Last updated: 25 March 2021

If you are unsure about the upgrade or have questions related to your setup, you can contact us and we can make sure everything is in order together.


  • Joomla 3.8.x or later
  • DOCman 3.0 or 3.1, check our upgrading guides when running an older version

How it works

1. Check the changelog

We have added many new features to DOCman 3.2 but also changed a few existing ones. Make sure to check the changelog before upgrading.

2. Backup, the backup

Before you start the upgrade process please make a full backup of your site. If you have private documents, make sure your site is offline or make a copy of your site where you can work in.

3. Upgrade DOCman

Upgrading to DOCman 3.2 is done via the standard Joomla extension updater. Navigate to Extensions > Manage > Update. Click Find Updates in the toolbar if you do not see DOCman in the list. Then select DOCman and click Update in the toolbar.

4. Upgrade FILEman & LOGman (optional)

Also install the latest FILEman & LOGman packages if you use them on your site.

Since all our extensions share a common base framework your site might stop functioning if you don’t upgrade all extensions together.

Important Changes

Default search algorithm

In DOCman 3.2, a search for foo bar baz will return all documents containing either one of the three words. Before, only documents containing all words were returned.

DOClink now converts video and audio links in articles into embedded players. When you insert a link to a video or audio file in a Joomla article you’ll see that this link is replaced by a media player.