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Akeeba Kickstart 5.3.0 Stable

Released on: Tuesday, 21 February 2017 05:32


Release highlights

Support for JPS format v2.0. Akeeba Backup for Joomla! 5.3 as well as Akeeba Backup for WordPress and Akeeba Solo 2.1 and later versions use a newer version of the JPS encrypted archive format. Please use Kickstart 5.3.0 or later to extract these backup archives.

Option to restore file permissions. If you are restoring a JPA or JPS backup archive on a Linux, macOS, *BSD or other UNIX-based operating system you can now restore the file permissions. WARNING! DANGER! This is a BAD IDEA if your original site had mixed ownership of files. Furthermore please note that Windows DOES NOT have a concept of file permissions, therefore this feature will do NOTHING AT ALL on Windows. Kindly remember that this is how Windows works and there is nothing we can do about it (we are not Microsoft). Thank you.

Importing large files from a URL now actually works. There was a bug with importing large files from a URL which caused the download to restart repeatedly and ultimately fail.

The Stealth mode .htaccess didn't work as expected. Fixed thanks to the bug report by invader_11.

PHP 5.3.04+ is required

Akeeba Kickstart requires PHP 5.3.04+, 5.4, 5.5, 5.6, 7.0 or 7.1. It won't run on hosts running PHP 5.3.03 (usually written as 5.3.3) or earlier, including PHP 5.2, 5.1, 5.0 and all 4.x versions.


Bug fixes

  • [HIGH] Importing large files from URL fails with repeated download restarts
  • [MEDIUM] The stealth .htaccess doesn't work as expected (thanks invader_11)

New features

  • Option to restore file permissions

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Download and extract this file locally. You will need to upload kickstart.php and - optionally - the INI translation file of your preferred language to your site's root alongside your archive.

This is not a Joomla! extension or WordPress plugin installation package. Kickstart works outside of Joomla! and WordPress. Do not try to "install" Kickstart in Joomla! or WordPress, it won't work. You do not "install" Kickstart at all, you just upload it to your site alongside the backup archive you want to extract.

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