Trouble upgrading from 3.2.0 to 3.11.0

If you’re looking for some help, it’s important to provide as much context as possible so that people are able to assist you. Try to always mention:

  • What’s your URL? This is the easiest way for others to debug your issue:
  • What version of Ghost are you using? 3.2.0
  • What configuration? Production
  • What browser? Firefox
  • What errors or information do you see in the console?

ghost-user@ghost-new-s-1vcpu-2gb-nyc1-01:/var/www/ghost$ ghost update

  • sudo systemctl is-active ghost_infosec-theos-blog-com
    :heavy_check_mark: Checking system Node.js version
    :heavy_check_mark: Ensuring user is not logged in as ghost user
    :heavy_check_mark: Checking if logged in user is directory owner
    :heavy_check_mark: Checking current folder permissions
    :heavy_check_mark: Checking folder permissions
    :heavy_check_mark: Checking file permissions
    :heavy_check_mark: Checking content folder ownership
    :heavy_check_mark: Checking memory availability
    :heavy_check_mark: Checking for available migrations
    :heavy_check_mark: Checking for latest Ghost version
    :heavy_multiplication_x: Downloading and updating Ghost to v3.11.0
    A SystemError occurred.

Message: Ghost v3.11.0 is not compatible with the current Node version.

Debug Information:
OS: Ubuntu, v18.04.3 LTS
Node Version: v8.17.0
Ghost Version: 3.2.0
Ghost-CLI Version: 1.13.1
Environment: production
Command: ‘ghost update’

Try running ghost doctor to check your system for known issues.

You can always refer to for troubleshooting.

  • What steps could someone else take to reproduce the issue you’re having?

Run ghost update with 3.2.0 installed when trying to upgrade to 3.11.0.

What additional steps do I have to take to upgrade from 3.2.0 to 3.11.0?

Kind regards,


Solved. Followed the steps outlined here:

Upgraded my node version and ghost upgraded fine after that.