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How do I upgrade from SAFE v2 to v3?

There have been a number of changes between the second and third major versions of the SAFE template. This guide shows you how to upgrade your v2 project to v3.

If you haven't done so already then you will need to install the prequisites listed in the Quick Start guide.

Terminology for this Recipe:

  • "Overwrite": Take the file from the "new" V3 template and copy it over the equivalent file in your existing project.
  • "Delete": Delete the file from your existing project. It is no longer required.
  • "Add": Add the file to your existing project. It is a new file added in V3.

1. Install the v3 template

Download and install the latest SAFE Stack V3 template by running the following command:

dotnet new -i SAFE.Template

2. Create a v3 project

Create a new SAFE project in the safetemp folder. We will use this as a basis for our conversion.

dotnet new SAFE -o safetemp

3. Branch your code

We advise committing or stashing any unsaved changes to your code and making a new branch to perform the upgrade.

You can then test it in isolation and then safely merge back in.

4. Update dotnet tools

This file lists any custom dotnet tools used.

  • Overwrite the .config/dotnet-tools.json file.

Important! If you have installed extra dotnet tools, you will need to add them back in manually.

5. Update global.json

  • Overwrite the global.json file

6. Update Paket dependencies

  • Overwrite the paket.dependencies file in the root of the solution.
  • Overwrite the paket.lock file.
  • Overwrite all paket.references files.

Important If you have installed extra NuGet packages, you will need to add them back in manually to the dependencies and references files.

Run paket to update project references:

dotnet paket install
  • If you have added any extra NuGet packages, this command will also generate a new paket.lock file.

7. Update the npm dependancies

  • Overwite the package.json file
  • Overwite the package-lock.json file

Important If you have installed extra npm packages, you will need to add them back in manually to the dependencies.

8. Update .gitignore

  • Overwite the .gitignore file in the root of the solution

9. Update the build process

  • Delete the build.fsx FAKE script.
  • Add the Build.fs file
  • Add the Helpers.fs file
  • Add the Build.fsproj project

Important If you have made any modifications to the build script e.g. extra targets, you will need to add them back in manually.

10. Update the webpack config

  • Overwrite the webpack.config.js file.
  • Overwrite the webpack.tests.config.js file

Important If you have made any modifications to the webpack file, you will need to apply them back in manually.

  • If you were using a CSS files, make sure to follow the Stylesheet recipe to add them back in.

11. Update TargetFramework in all projects

  • Overwite the Client.fsproj
  • Overwite the Server.fsproj
  • Overwite the Shared.fsproj

12. Check that it runs

Run

dotnet run
at the root of the solution to launch the app and check everything is working as expected.

If you have problems loading your website, carefully check that you haven't missed out any javascript or nuget packages when overwriting the paket and package files. The console output will usually give you a good guide if this is the case.