Update vs Upgrade (Migration)

To avoid confusion, let's start by defining Update and Upgrade (Migration) which have completely different meanings.

When we say Update it generally means Updating Serenity NuGet Packages to their latest versions. This is just about fetching the latest versions of binary NuGet packages and most of the time that does not require any manual code modification.

Meanwhile, an upgrade (or migration) involves breaking changes and there will be some modifications that need to be applied to your code manually.

Migration is sometimes confused with Database Migration so we refer to it as a upgrade.

If you update Serenity packages and see that something does not work as it should, you should visit the Migrations section on this site to understand what to do. It is also a good idea to visit this site before trying an update to see if there are any breaking changes.

Premium StartSharp customers can use the stargen tool to automate updates and upgrades if any.

Identifying Packages to Update

To see which Serenity packages you need to update, first have a look at your .csproj file:

<PackageReference Include="Serenity.Net.Web" Version="6.5.2" />
<PackageReference Include="Serenity.Assets" Version="6.5.2" />
<PackageReference Include="Serenity.Scripts" Version="6.5.2" />
<PackageReference Include="Serenity.Demo.AdvancedSamples" Version="" />
<PackageReference Include="Serenity.Pro.Coder" Version="" />
<PackageReference Include="Serenity.Pro.Extensions" Version="" />

Take note of any PackageReference include that starts with Serenity.

Updating Serenity Packages

Updating Serenity packages only updates Serenity NuGet Packages to their most recent versions.

Open a command prompt in your project directory and execute the following commands in order:

Base Package Updates

dotnet restore
dotnet add package Serenity.Assets
dotnet add package Serenity.Scripts
dotnet add package Serenity.Net.Web
dotnet add package Serenity.Extensions

If you use Package Manager Console in Visual Studio you may also try Update-Package command instead of dotnet add package.

Pro (Premium) Package Updates

If you are a StartSharp customer, please make sure you have premium package source configured, and execute the following commands only for the packages you use:

Please follow directions at if you don't have premium package source configured.

# these are fundamental packages thare usually referenced
dotnet add package Serenity.Pro.Coder
dotnet add package Serenity.Pro.Extensions
dotnet add package Serenity.Pro.Theme

Not all pro packages might be listed above. Please check your project file for references starting with a Serenity.Pro prefix.

Updating Feature Packages

If you have common/premium feature packages like Serenity.Demo.Northwind etc in your project, you'll need to also update them (otherwise you shouldn't):

dotnet add package Serenity.Demo.Northwind
dotnet add package Serenity.Demo.BasicSamples

# the ones below are premium ones
dotnet add package Serenity.Demo.AdvancedSamples
dotnet add package Serenity.Pro.DataAuditLog
dotnet add package Serenity.Pro.DataExplorer
dotnet add package Serenity.Pro.EmailClient
dotnet add package Serenity.Pro.EmailQueue
dotnet add package Serenity.Pro.Meeting
dotnet add package Serenity.Pro.OpenIddict
dotnet add package Serenity.Pro.Organization
dotnet add package Serenity.Pro.UI
dotnet add package Serenity.Pro.WorkLog

Updating Sergen (Serenity Code Generator)

Sergen is a dotnet tool developed for Serenity applications and is used to generate new entities/services/pages.

It is also integrated with the build process to perform some transformations and share types between TypeScript and C# code (by generating code on build).

You should always keep sergen up-to-date with the Serenity version (e.g. their versions should match). Otherwise, as the code generated by an older version might not be compatible with a recent Serenity version, it may result in compile / runtime errors.

Run the following command to update the sergen tool:

dotnet tool update sergen

Updating the NPM package references

You should generally update the following package references in your package.json to their latest available version:

    "@serenity-is/corelib": "6.6.0",
    "@serenity-is/tsbuild": "6.6.0"

This is important especially if you are using ES modules (any project after 6.1.x does by default).

The version numbers don't always match the latest Serenity version. Visual Studio should provide autocomplete support to identify the latest NPM package version. Or you may look at the package.json file in StartSharp/Serene repository. Stargen can also automatically update them during migration.

After changing the versions in package.json please run npm install in the project directory, and restart Visual Studio so that the TypeScript language service will be aware of the changes.

Copying Content to wwwroot with dotnet sergen restore

Most of our premium packages uses Razor class library and static web assets feature now, and the situation explained below should not apply to them.

This part is critical and is usually ignored or forgotten by some users leading to runtime script errors.

Normally .NET Core NuGet packages can no longer have content like scripts, css and have them copied to project itself e.g. to wwwroot folder in ASP.NET Core projects.

We implemented a workaround for that limitation by using sergen. Everytime you update Serenity packages you should run the following command:

dotnet sergen restore

Otherwise you might still be using old versions of Serenity and other third-party script/stylesheet files.

This also restores (or updates) TypeScript .d.ts to your typings directory from Serenity packages.

Applying Upgrades (Migration)

If you tried to update and had some issues, you should check the migration notes and release notes that are listed on the left navigation.

It is also a good idea to check them even when no errors occur during the update. There might be some critical security issues etc. that should be handled.

You should start from the version you created your project from, and apply all of the migrations in order (from bottom to top).

For example, if you created your project from a v3.14.x template, and the latest version is 5.0.20, you should apply upgrade notes in following order:

  • 3.14.x to 5.0.12
  • 5.0.12 to 5.0.20

If you don't see an upgrade on the Migration or Release Notes sections, there may not be any special upgrade steps required other than updating the packages.

Since version 6.1.8 we are no longer providing separate migration guides and all the required changes are listed under the Release Notes section, which you may also find under the navigation. You should also check the Serenity Change Log for information about changes, and non-mandatory fixes that you might need to apply.

StartSharp customers should see the following document and use Stargen tool to automate the update / upgrade process:

Stargen automates all updates listed here in addition to upgrades. In a feature version it will also be able to convert a Serene project to StartSharp one by adding missing features.