Upgrade from Confluence 3.0.1

We are currently running confluence 3.0.1 in our production environment and are looking to upgrade to Confluence 5.4.

What is the recommended upgrade path? Also, i believe we need to upgrade our license to move from 3.0.1 to later versions. Is this correct?

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We just went from 3.5.x to 5.4.4 by way of 5.0.3. (i.e. 3.5.6 -> 5.0.3 -> 5.4.4). We found the 5.0.3 step was required to make sure our data came through with a clean and error-free upgrade.

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In most cases you should probably stick to the official upgrade guide. It always depends on your environment. Especially the third-party plugins installed and how contents touched by them upgrade might make your overall upgrade more complex.

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The recommended path is definitely 3.0.1 to 3.5 first - it can be quite painful to upgrade from anything below 3.5 to 4 and above. You should then test 3.5 to 5.4 - I've done that twice recently, one was plain-sailing, the other made a horrid mess and we ended up doing 3.5 -> 4.2 -> 5.4. It depends on the data and plugins, so I can't tell you a preferred route.

Your licence upgrade isn't an issue, you can just click "upgrade" in your Atlassian account and it'll generate a new one which is valid for 4+.

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I would recomend to migrate through latest versions of each major release, did similary myself recently. So 3.0.1 -> 3.5.17 -> 4.3.7 -> 5.4.

But there are a LOT of changes, so try it in test environment before.

If you have valid license maintenance for 5.4 (valid on +- 3 December 2013) you will not have problems with licenses.

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