Updating a TimescaleDB Docker installation

The following steps should be taken with a docker installation to upgrade to the latest TimescaleDB version, while retaining data across the updates.

The following instructions assume that your docker instance is named timescaledb. If not, replace this name with the one you use in the subsequent commands.

Step 1: Pull new image

Install the current TimescaleDB 2.0 image:

docker pull timescale/timescaledb:2.0.0-pg12


If you are using PostgreSQL 11 images, use the tag 2.0.0-pg11.

Step 2: Determine mount point used by old container

As you'll want to restart the new docker image pointing to a mount point that contains the previous version's data, we first need to determine the current mount point.

There are two types of mounts. To find which mount type your old container is using you can run the following command:

docker inspect timescaledb --format='{{range .Mounts }}{{.Type}}{{end}}'

This command returns either volume or bind, corresponding to the two options below.

  1. Volumes -- to get the current volume name use:
$ docker inspect timescaledb --format='{{range .Mounts }}{{.Name}}{{end}}'
  1. Bind-mounts -- to get the current mount path use:
$ docker inspect timescaledb --format='{{range .Mounts }}{{.Source}}{{end}}'

Step 3: Stop old container

If the container is currently running, stop and remove it in order to connect the new one.

docker stop timescaledb
docker rm timescaledb

Step 4: Start new container

Launch a new container with the updated docker image, but pointing to the existing mount point. This again differs by mount type.

  1. For volume mounts you can use:
docker run -v 069ba64815f0c26783b81a5f0ca813227fde8491f429cf77ed9a5ae3536c0b2c:/var/lib/postgresql/data -d --name timescaledb -p 5432:5432 timescale/timescaledb
  1. If using bind-mounts, you need to run:
docker run -v /path/to/data:/var/lib/postgresql/data -d --name timescaledb -p 5432:5432 timescale/timescaledb


Finally, connect to this instance via psql (with the -X flag) and execute the ALTER command as above in order to update the extension to the latest version:

docker exec -it timescaledb psql -U postgres -X

# within the PostgreSQL instance

You can then run the \dx command to make sure you have the latest version of TimescaleDB installed.

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