TeamCity 8.0 Help


Before upgrading TeamCity:

  1. Review what you will be getting in What's New in TeamCity 8.1 (follow the links at the bottom of What's New if you are upgrading not from the previous major release)

  2. Licensing

  3. Download the new TeamCity version

  4. Carefully review the Upgrade Notes

To upgrade the server:

  1. TeamCity Data Backup

  2. upgradingServer:

If you plan to upgrade a production TeamCity installation, it is recommended to install a How To... and check its functioning in your environment before upgrading the main one.


Before upgrade, please make sure the maintenance period of your licenses is not yet elapsed (use Administration | Licenses TeamCity server web UI page to list your license keys). The licenses are valid only for the versions of TeamCity with the effective release date within the maintenance period. See the effective release date at the Previous Releases Downloads.

Please note that the licensing policy in TeamCity versions 5.0 and above are different from that of the previous TeamCity versions. Review the Licensing Policy page and the Licensing and Upgrade section on the official site. If you are evaluating a newer version, you can get an evaluation license on the download page. Please note that each TeamCity version can be evaluated only once. To extend the evaluation period, contact JetBrains sales department.

Upgrading TeamCity Server

TeamCity supports upgrades from any of the previous versions to the current one. Downgrades with preserving the data are not supported unless specifically noted. On upgrade, all the TeamCity configuration settings and other data are preserved unless noted in Upgrade Notes. If you have customized TeamCity installation (like Tomcat server settings change), you will need to repeat the customization after the upgrade.

Upgrading Using Windows Installer

  1. TeamCity Data Backup. When upgrading from TeamCity 6.0+ you will also have a chance to create backup with "basic" profile on TeamCity Maintenance Mode page on the updated TeamCity start.

  2. Note the username used to run the TeamCity server. You will need it during new version installation.

  3. (optional as these will not be overwritten by the upgrade) If you have any of the Windows service settings customized, store them to repeat the customizations later. The same applies to customizations of the bundled Tomcat server (like port, https protocol, etc.), if any.

  4. Run the new installer. Confirm uninstalling the previous installation. When prompted, specify the <TeamCity data directory> used by the previous installation.

  5. (optional as these will not be overwritten by the upgrade) Make sure you have the external database driver Setting up an External Database (this applies only if you use external database).

  6. Check and Configuring TeamCity Server Startup Properties any customizations of Windows services and Tomcat configuration that you need

  7. If you use customized Log4J configuration in conf\teamcity-server-log4j.xml file and want to preserve those, compare and merge conf\teamcity-server-log4j.xml.backup created by installer from existing copy with the default file saved with default name.

  8. Start up the TeamCity server (and agent, if it was installed together with the installer).

  9. Review the TeamCity Maintenance Mode page to make sure there are no problems encountered, and confirm the upgrade by clicking corresponding button. Only after that all data will be converted to the newer format.

Manual Upgrading using .tar.gz or .war Distributions

Please note that it is recommended to use .tar.gz or .exe TeamCity distribution. Using .war is not a recommended way to install TeamCity.

  1. TeamCity Data Backup.

  2. Remove old installation files (the entire TeamCity home directory or [TOMCAT_HOME]/webapps/TeamCity/* if you are installing from a war file). It's advised to backup the directory beforehand.

  3. Unpack the new archive to the location where TeamCity was previously installed.

  4. If you use Tomcat server (your own or bundled in .tar.gz TeamCity distribution), it is recommended to delete content of the work directory. Please note that this may affect other web applications deployed into the same web server.

  5. Make sure you have the external database driver Setting up an External Database (this applies only if you use external database).

  6. If you use custom plugins that do not reside in <TeamCity Data Directory>, Installing Additional Plugins.

  7. Specify additional Configuring TeamCity Server Startup Properties, if required.

  8. Start up the TeamCity server.

  9. Review the TeamCity Maintenance Mode page to make sure there are no problems encountered, and confirm the upgrade by clicking corresponding button. Only after that all the configuration data and database scheme are updated by TeamCity converters.

Upgrading Build Agents

Automatic Build Agent Upgrading

On starting newer TeamCity server, TeamCity agents connected to the server are updated automatically. The agent (agent.bat,, or agent service) will download the latest agent upgrade from the TeamCity server. When the download is complete and the agent is idle, it will start the upgrade process (the agent is stopped, the agent files are updated, and agent is restarted). This process may take several minutes depending on the agent hardware and network bandwidth. Do not interrupt the upgrade process, as doing so may cause the upgrade to fail and you will need to manually reinstall the agent.

If you see that an agent is identified as "Agent disconnected (Will upgrade)" in the TeamCity web UI, do not close the agent console or restart the agent process, but wait for several minutes.

Various console windows can open and close during the agent upgrade. Please be patient and do not interrupt the process until the agent upgrade is finished.

Upgrading Build Agents Manually

All connected agents upgrade automatically, provided they are correctly Setting up and Running Additional Build Agents, so manual upgrade is not necessary.

If you need to upgrade agent manually, you can follow the steps below:

As TeamCity agent does not hold any unique information, the easiest way to upgrade an agent if to

  • back up <Agent Home>/conf/ file.

  • uninstall/delete existing agent.

  • install the new agent version.

  • restore previously saved file to the same location.

  • start the agent.

If you need to preserve all the agent data (e.g. to eliminate clean checkouts after the upgrade), you can:

  • stop the agent.

  • delete all the directories in the agent installation present in the agent .zip distribution except conf.

  • unpack the .zip distribution to the agent installation directory, skipping the "conf" directory.

  • start the agent.

In the latter case if you run agent under Windows using service, you can also need to upgrade Windows service as described Upgrading-from-TeamCity-version-2.x.

Upgrading the Build Agent Windows Service Wrapper

Upgrading from TeamCity version 1.x

Version 2.0 of TeamCity migrated to new way of managing Windows service (service wrapper) for the build agent: Java Service Wrapper library.

One of advantages of using new service wrapper is ability to change any JVM parameters of the build agent process.

1.x versions installed Windows service under name agentd, while 2.x versions use TeamCity Build Agent Service <build number> name.

The service wrapper will not be migrated to new version automatically. You do not need to use the new service wrapper, unless you need its functionality (like changing agent JVM parameters).

To use new service wrapper you should uninstall old version of the agent (with Control Panel | Add/Remove Programs) and then install a new one.

If you customized the user under which the service is started, do not forget to customize it in the newly installed service.

Upgrading from TeamCity version 2.x

If the service wrapper needs an update, the new version is downloaded into the <agent>/launcher.latest folder, however the changes are not applied automatically.

To upgrade the service wrapper manually, do the following:

  1. Ensure the <agent>/launcher.latest folder exists.

  2. Stop the service using <agent>\bin\service.stop.bat.

  3. Uninstall the service using service.uninstall.bat.

  4. Backup <agent>/launcher/conf/wrapper.conf file.

  5. Delete <agent>/launcher.

  6. Rename <agent>/launcher.latest to <agent>/launcher.

  7. Edit <agent>/launcher/conf/wrapper.conf file. Check that the '' property points to the java.exe file. Leave it blank to use registry to lookup for java. Leave 'java.exe' to lookup java.exe in PATH. For a standalone agent the service value should be ../jre/bin/java, for and agent installation on the server the value should be ../../jre/bin/java. The backup version of wrapper.conf file may be used.

  8. Install the service using <agent>\bin\service.install.bat.

  9. Make sure the service is running under the proper user account. Please note that using SYSTEM can result in failing builds which use MSBuild/Sln2005 configurations.

  10. Start the service using <agent>\bin\service.start.bat.

Last modified: 20 April 2023