Update Fishbowl

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Updated versions of Fishbowl are typically released once a month and include new features and improvements. It only requires a few minutes to update Fishbowl and take advantage of the latest changes. Fishbowl also has the ability to push critical updates and patches in the middle of a release cycle. In this case, you will see an update window when starting the Fishbowl server.

  • Major updates, such as Fishbowl 2020 to 2021, require a current support contract and an updated license key. On the latest versions of Fishbowl, the license key will be updated automatically. Alternatively, a new key can be obtained instantly by clicking here. Minor updates such as Fishbowl 2021.1 to 2021.2 will continue to work with the previous license key.
  • In most cases, backup files are not needed, but it is still highly recommended to copy critical files to the Desktop or another safe location.
    1. Follow the steps to create a backup of the MySQL database.
    2. Browse to C:\Program Files\Fishbowl\data\backups and copy the most recent backup file to the Desktop.
    3. Copy C:\Program Files\Fishbowl\plugins to the Desktop
    4. Copy C:\Program Files\Fishbowl\database\images to the Desktop
    5. Copy C:\Program Files\Fishbowl\server\reports to the Desktop
  • The auto update settings can be customized in the Fishbowl Server Administration by right-clicking the Fishbowl Server tray icon and selecting Options.
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Auto update

With the auto update, there is no need to run an installer, and in most cases, only a few small files will be downloaded to complete the update. Plugins are automatically updated when Fishbowl is updated to the latest version.

  1. Fishbowl will display a notification in the client when an update is available. Click Start Server Download to download the update.
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  2. Alternatively, right-click the Fishbowl Server tray icon, select Check For Updates, and then click Update Fishbowl.
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  3. Restart the server by right-clicking the Fishbowl Server tray icon and selecting Exit.
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  4. Then start the Fishbowl server from the desktop or the list of programs.
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  5. When the server restarts, click Yes to apply the updates.
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  6. Click OK to start the database update.
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  7. All client computers will update automatically when connecting to the updated Fishbowl Server.
  8. If the auto update fails, follow the instructions here to manually download and install Fishbowl into the same directory where Fishbowl is currently installed.
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