Stuck on update process. Step 5 is currently in process. Please reload this page later

This topic already asked in February 2018 but nobody replied. Im am stuck on upgrading from v to v 16.0.4. Message:

Step 5 is currently in process. Please reload this page later.

I waited for about one week now and tested it several time, no change. I always get this message when clicking again on “open Updater”.

PHP: 7.1.30
mysql: V5.7.26
Operating system: Linux 4.4.0-159-generic #187-Ubuntu SMP Thu Aug 1 16:28:06 UTC 2019 x86_64

Is there a possiblity to get this running without doing a complete new installation?
Is it worth waiting for the next version, so the update will start with the new version ignoring the update process it got stuck.



I think there is a “steps” file in your NC folder and every update attempt will continue with the step mentioned in that file. So waiting and retrying won’t help probably.

Can you post some logs here? With only that this error message it is impossible to give helpful answers to you.

We need the updater.log, maybe the nextcloud.log and please provide the output of ls -al of your nextcloud installation directory. If you can see any file containing “step” in its name, please provide the output of this file as well.

Hi Schmu,

thank you for your quick response.

I do not have command line access to my NC installation, only ftp. So I cannot do a ls -al or any other linux command.

I searched for the updater.log and nextloud.log. Too much lines to post all of them here.

I got some additional information from these files. NC Update shows me that he can install the stable 16.0.4, but during the update process is downloaded. This zip file ( is under /cloudXXX/data/updaterXXX/downloads.

So the reason for this issue might be that the update expects another zip file.

Screenshot from the version showed me on the admin page:

(sorry its in german)

Might it be a solution to download 16.04 manually, move it via ftp to the download folder and try to go on with the update?


here some lines from updater.log. No line deleted but some signatures and paths. I also had to delte the https because I am a new user, replaced it with LINK. (Only 4 links allowed)

2019-08-11T11:58:22+0200 [info] request to updater
2019-08-11T11:58:22+0200 [info] currentStep()
2019-08-11T11:58:22+0200 [info] show HTML page
2019-08-11T11:58:22+0200 [info] current version: 16.0.1 build time: 2019-05-15T14:42:44+00:00
2019-08-11T11:58:22+0200 [info] getUpdateServerResponse()
2019-08-11T11:58:22+0200 [info] updaterServer: LINK://
2019-08-11T11:58:22+0200 [info] releaseChannel: stable
2019-08-11T11:58:22+0200 [info] internal version:
2019-08-11T11:58:22+0200 [info] updateURL: LINK://
2019-08-11T11:58:22+0200 [info] getUpdateServerResponse response: Array
[version] =>
[versionstring] => Nextcloud 16.0.3
[url] => LINK://
[web] => LINK://
[changes] => LINK://
[autoupdater] => 1
[eol] => 0
[signature] => XXXXXXXXXXXXX

2019-08-11T11:58:22+0200 XXXXXXXXXX [info] checkForUpdate() Array
[version] =>
[versionstring] => Nextcloud 16.0.3
[url] => LINK://
[web] => LINK://
[changes] => LINK://
[autoupdater] => 1
[eol] => 0

2019-08-11T11:58:22+0200 [info] getChangelogURL()
2019-08-11T11:58:22+0200 [info] end of checkForUpdate() Update to Nextcloud 16.0.3 available. (channel: “stable”)
Following file will be downloaded automatically: LINK://
Open changelog ↗
2019-08-11T11:58:24+0200 [info] request to updater
2019-08-11T11:58:24+0200 [info] currentStep()
2019-08-11T11:58:24+0200 [info] POST request for step “1”
2019-08-11T11:58:24+0200 [info] startStep(“1”)
2019-08-11T11:58:24+0200 [info] checkForExpectedFilesAndFolders()
2019-08-11T11:58:24+0200 [info] end of checkForExpectedFilesAndFolders()
2019-08-11T11:58:24+0200 [info] endStep(“1”)
2019-08-11T11:58:24+0200 [info] request to updater
2019-08-11T11:58:24+0200 [info] currentStep()
2019-08-11T11:58:24+0200 [info] Step 1 is in state “end”.
2019-08-11T11:58:24+0200 [info] POST request for step “2”
2019-08-11T11:58:24+0200 [info] startStep(“2”)
2019-08-11T11:58:24+0200 [info] checkWritePermissions()
2019-08-11T11:58:24+0200 [info] end of checkWritePermissions()
2019-08-11T11:58:24+0200 [info] endStep(“2”)
2019-08-11T11:58:24+0200 [info] request to updater
2019-08-11T11:58:24+0200 [info] currentStep()
2019-08-11T11:58:24+0200 [info] Step 2 is in state “end”.
2019-08-11T11:58:24+0200 [info] POST request for step “3”
2019-08-11T11:58:24+0200 [info] startStep(“3”)
2019-08-11T11:58:24+0200 [info] createBackup()
2019-08-11T11:58:50+0200 [info] end of createBackup()
2019-08-11T11:58:50+0200 [info] endStep(“3”)
2019-08-11T11:58:50+0200 [info] request to updater
2019-08-11T11:58:50+0200 [info] currentStep()
2019-08-11T11:58:50+0200 [info] Step 3 is in state “end”.
2019-08-11T11:58:50+0200 [info] POST request for step “4”
2019-08-11T11:58:50+0200 [info] startStep(“4”)
2019-08-11T11:58:50+0200 [info] downloadUpdate()
2019-08-11T11:58:50+0200 [info] getUpdateServerResponse()
2019-08-11T11:58:50+0200 [info] updaterServer: LINK://
2019-08-11T11:58:50+0200 [info] releaseChannel: stable
2019-08-11T11:58:50+0200 [info] internal version:
2019-08-11T11:58:50+0200 [info] updateURL: LINK://
2019-08-11T11:58:51+0200 [info] getUpdateServerResponse response: Array
[version] =>
[versionstring] => Nextcloud 16.0.3
[url] => LINK://
[web] => LINK://
[changes] => LINK://
[autoupdater] => 1
[eol] => 0

2019-08-11T11:58:51+0200 [info] storage location exists
2019-08-11T11:59:46+0200 [info] end of downloadUpdate()
2019-08-11T11:59:46+0200 [info] endStep(“4”)
2019-08-11T11:59:46+0200 [info] request to updater
2019-08-11T11:59:46+0200 [info] currentStep()
2019-08-11T11:59:46+0200 [info] Step 4 is in state “end”.
2019-08-11T11:59:46+0200 [info] POST request for step “5”
2019-08-11T11:59:46+0200 [info] startStep(“5”)
2019-08-11T11:59:46+0200 [info] verifyIntegrity()
2019-08-11T11:59:46+0200 [info] getUpdateServerResponse()
2019-08-11T11:59:46+0200 [info] updaterServer: LINK://
2019-08-11T11:59:46+0200 [info] releaseChannel: stable
2019-08-11T11:59:46+0200 [info] internal version:
2019-08-11T11:59:46+0200 [info] updateURL: LINK://
2019-08-11T11:59:46+0200 [info] getUpdateServerResponse response: Array
[version] =>
[versionstring] => Nextcloud 16.0.3
[url] => LINK://
[web] => LINK://
[changes] => LINK://
[autoupdater] => 1
[eol] => 0

2019-08-11T11:59:46+0200 [info] storage location: /www/htdocs/XXXXXX/XXXXXXXXXXXX/data/updateXXXXXX/downloads/
2019-08-11T11:59:57+0200 [info] request to updater
2019-08-11T11:59:57+0200 [info] currentStep()
2019-08-11T11:59:57+0200 [info] Step 5 is in state “start”.
2019-08-11T12:01:24+0200 [info] request to updater
2019-08-11T12:01:24+0200 [info] currentStep()

last 3 lines repeat several times.

Possible, yes. Unfortunately the log doesn’t tell what is actually bugging the updater.
When did you try the update the last time? Are the log entries the very latest ones?
I’m asking because of the timestamps from the logs: 2019-08-11

Date and time are set correctly on your server, right?
Can you visually check for the step file via FTP with hidden files shown? It might be a solution to delete this file in order to make the updater start with step one again and download the latest NC version instead of the previous one.
I believe the step file is named “.step” (so hidden) and is placed in the updater folder. Please look for it, it must be somewhere, then create a backup of that file (move it somewhere else) and retry the web updater.

Date and time are correct, I only deleted these lines because they are always the same, last entry in update.log:

2019-08-18T12:22:09+0200 [info] request to updater
2019-08-18T12:22:09+0200 [info] currentStep()
2019-08-18T12:22:09+0200 [info] Step 5 is in state “start”.

I found the .step, content:

I started the update again, if I look into the download directory the correct version (16.0.4) is there. If I start the updater again I come up to this step:

After I click on back and restart the updater I am back to the error message from the thread header.

I googled using this new information and found:


None of them worked. Any ideas how I get this inegrity check passed?


Hi Wiggum23,

I was stuck on the same error for step 5. Under nc/updater/index.php i edited line 1338-1340 on mine and removed

		case 5:

Removed this skipped the check and installed just fine. Let me know if this helps.

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Sorry for responding late.

I searched around a bit today because there must be a reason for this error. There were some new information in another thread I tested.

I entered in the .htaccess (root directory, not the one under config)

php_value memory_limit 256M

Below the line


And now it worked fine.

Thanks for all your help.



I am linking the only sollution that worked for me in a this situation when upgrading from 18.05 to 18.06 and I got stuck af step 5:

Credits go to @rahlquist

In short (my php version was 7.3)
/etc/php/7.3/cli/php.ini had -1 for memory limit, and it should stay that way
Returning the setting back to -1 this error went away.


I was stuck at step 5 validation. I edited the hidden step file in …/nextcloud/updater-ocflfrurabky/.step from {“state”:“start”,“step”:5} to {“state”:“end”,“step”:4} to retry the verification and it worked just fine.


I ended up commenting the check for active step out of the file, and got my update running.

Hi @dshirk. For “years” I was looking for a solution to continue with my update. You gave me the final information I needed.

But for other reading this, two additional information:

  1. in my case I had to look into …/nextcloud/data/updater-oc5y20h2fvse (not just …/nextcloud/

  2. a simple renaming of the file .step did the job too. Then my updater went through the whole process.

Thanks again. Hope my info do help others.



Just seeing this problem now.

Attempted to upgrade from Nextcloud 18.0.10 -> Nextcloud 19.0.4
Used: sudo -u www-data php /var/www/nc/updater/updater.phar command

I successfully completed upgrades with this before. Now I am stuck on:

Nextcloud Updater - version: v18.0.9-8-g27dac77
Step 5 is currently in process. Please call this command later.

People suggest editing/removing .step file, but my Nextcloud folder does not even have one:

ls -LR /var/www/nc/ | grep step

Editing index.php and removing case 5 from the switch statement did not help.

Still stuck on upgrading to 19.

In my case the file (and the nextcloud installation) is not in /var/www/... but in /home/www/... . You might be looking in the wrong place.

Nope. All of my Web stuff is in a standard location: /var/www

Bad. :neutral_face: Out of ideas. I tried all the other things without success. Removing/renaming the .step file allowed me to finally update my 15.x nextcloud all the way up to 19.x. I am sure it is somewhere. Question is where…

Sad to see how this and other threads about this bug are totally ignored by the team. GitHub threads are closed as if it is not a bug. Not sure this can be used in a serious production environment with this approach.

with every update (20.0.4 at the moment) I have the same problem. Stuck in step5, but there is no error given (field is empty). My virtual server has not very much PHP memory (128 MB), so maybe this is the problem, but this is only a guess, since no error message is given.
After some manual updates, I find it most convenient to skip the verification by chnanging the .steps file to:
However, I always have a bad feeling, fearing that the update ultimately might fail and I have to set up the whole thing from scratch.
It would be nice if the dev team got a look into this problem.

there are two things - based on my experiences. My NextCloud is hosted at all-inkl.

  1. set php memory limit to 512M by editing .htaccess file:
    php_value memory_limit 512M

  2. delete old update leftovers which are placed in data directory. In my case this disturbing folder was called: [updater-oco7ek3xolkq]
    Just delete this folder and you are ready to run the updater.

Please feel free to share with us whether is worked for you as well.
Take care and stay healthy


I too just renamed it and everything went down smoothly :+1:

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thank you - that did the trick for me!