On Timescale, minor software updates are handled automatically, and you do not need to perform any actions.

Most updates performed on your Timescale services are applied during a maintenance window that you can define to suit your workload. However, if there is a critical security vulnerability that affects you, maintenance might need to occur outside of the scheduled maintenance window.


After a maintenance update, the DNS name remains the same, but the IP address it points to often changes.

In most cases, the updates that occur during your maintenance windows do not require any downtime. This means that there is no outage of your services during the upgrade. However, all connections and transactions in progress during the upgrade are reset. Usually, the database connection is automatically restored after the reset.

Sometimes, updates that occur during your maintenance window require some downtime. In this case, the downtime is usually between 30 seconds and 5 minutes. We endeavor to notify you on email ahead of the upgrade if downtime is required, so that you can plan accordingly. However, in some cases, we might not be able to do so. It is important that you schedule your maintenance window to minimize the disruption that a short downtime might have on your workloads.

To track the status of maintenance events, see the Timescale status page.


To apply changes manually instead of waiting for the maintenance window, Pause then Resume your service. Maintenance changes are automatically applied when your service is resumed.

Services with replicas require minimal write downtime during maintenance, while read-only queries keep working through the maintenance. The maintenance requires up to two failovers, performed automatically, taking less than a few seconds each.

During a maintenance event, services with replicas perform maintenance on each node independently. When maintenance goes on with the primary node, the primary node needs to be restarted. If the restart takes more than a minute, the replica node is promoted to the primary, given that the replica has no replication lag. If the maintenance on the primary node is completed within a minute and it comes back online, the replica remains as a replica.

When maintenance starts on the primary and results in the promotion of the replica node, the maintenance proceeds then with the newly promoted replica, following the same sequence. If the newly promoted replica takes more than a minute to restart, the former primary is promoted back. In total, the process may result in up to two minutes of write downtime and two failover events.

For more information about replicas, see the replicas section.

Non-critical upgrades are made available before the upgrade is performed automatically. During this time you can click Apply upgrades to start the upgrade at any time. However, after the time expires, usually around a week, the upgrade is triggered automatically in the next available maintenance window for your service. You can configure the maintenance window so that these upgrades are started only at a particular time, on a set day of the week. If there are no pending upgrades available during a regular maintenance window, no changes are performed.

When you are considering your maintenance window schedule, you might prefer to choose a day and time that usually has very low activity, such as during the early hours of the morning, or over the weekend. This can help minimize the impact of a short service interruption. Alternatively, you might prefer to have your maintenance window occur during office hours, so that you can monitor your system during the upgrade.

  1. Log in to your Timescale account. Click the name of the service that you want to manage the maintenance window for.

  2. In the Operations tab, navigate to the Maintenance section, and click Change maintenance window.

  3. In the Maintenance dialog, select the day of the week, the time, and the timezone that you want the maintenance window to start. Maintenance windows can run for up to four hours.

  4. Check Apply new maintenance window to all services if you want to use the same maintenance window settings for all of your Timescale services.

  5. Click Apply Changes.

    Timescale change maintenance window

Critical upgrades and security fixes are installed outside normal maintenance windows when necessary, and sometimes require a short outage. In this case, the downtime is usually between 30 seconds and 5 minutes. We endeavor to notify you on email ahead of the upgrade if downtime is required, so that you can plan accordingly. However, in some cases, we might not be able to do so.

Timescale currently supports PostgreSQL 12, 13, 14, and 15. You can see your PostgreSQL and Timescale versions from the Timescale service overview page.

You can also manually upgrade to the newest supported PostgreSQL version (PostgreSQL 15) from the service overview page.

Upgrading to a newer version of PostgreSQL allows you to take advantage of new features, enhancements, and security fixes. It also ensures that you are using a version of PostgreSQL that's compatible with the newest version of Timescale, allowing you to take advantage of everything Timescale has to offer. For more information about feature changes between versions, see the PostgreSQL release notes and Timescale release notes.


Your Timescale service is unavailable until the upgrade is complete. This can take up to 20 minutes. It is recommended to test on a fork first for a better estimate.

For a smooth upgrade experience, make sure you:

  • Plan ahead. Upgrades cause downtime, so ideally perform an upgrade during a low traffic time.
  • Fork your database, and try out the upgrade on the fork before running it on your production system. This gives you a good idea of what happens during the upgrade, and how long it might take. For more information about forking, see the section on forking.
  • Keep a copy of your database with your old version and data, if you're worried about losing it. You can fork your database without upgrading the fork to keep a duplicate Timescale service. You can immediately pause this fork to only pay for storage until you are comfortable deleting it.

Timescale services with replicas cannot be upgraded. To upgrade a service with a replica, you must first delete the replica and then upgrade the service.

  1. In the Timescale console, navigate to Services and click the service you want to upgrade.
  2. Navigate to the Operations tab, and go to the Maintenance section.
  3. If a new PostgreSQL version is available, click the Upgrade button, and confirm that you are ready to start the upgrade. Your Timescale service is unavailable for use until the upgrade is complete.
  4. When the upgrade is finished, your service automatically resumes normal operations. If the upgrade is unsuccessful, the service returns to the state it was in before you started the upgrade.
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