WARNING: Do not use FTP because it is simpler to install, it will likely cause problems in the long run!
The recommended way to install Kimai v2 is via SSH.
FTP is not recommended, because most of Kimai’s management tasks rely on the console. There are workaournds available, see below, but they are not as reliable as SSH access.
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If you have no SSH access to your server (e.g. when you use a shared hosting package) then you can download a package, which includes a pre-installed Kimai version.
You install it via FTP like this:
var/data/kimai.sqlite will hold all your data, please include it in your backups.
When working with configuration files you cannot run the normally commands to clear the cache.
The workaround is to delete the cache directory
If possible, use your hoster Management UI. They tend to be must faster and more reliable than using your regular FTP software.
Kimai will re-create a fresh cache when you open it again in your browser.
Make sure that you don’t open a Kimai while you are deleting the cache!
Unfortunately there is no built-in support for updates yet. This feature will hopefully be included in the future.
The problem is, that there is currently no support for upgrading your database automatically. You can only do it manually and please don’t expect support for that method. You have been warned!
Currently the way to upgrade Kimai via FTP includes several manual steps:
local.yamland other adjusted files back to this new installation