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Locating Historical DotNetNuke Releases

06 Aug

With the high amount of usage of the DotNetNuke upgrade and installation guides that I have posted on this site I see one very common question. Where can I obtain DotNetNuke version ____? Once a release is considered non-current, it becomes slightly harder for individuals to locate the older versions, in this article I'll provide a step-by-step look at the process for finding and downloading "legacy releases" of the DotNetNuke Platform.

Disclaimer

Before discussing the process for finding legacy releases I would like to provide a quick bit of information about WHY DotNetNuke corporation moves this information to a different location. Each release of DotNetNuke provides enhancements to the core framework, these might be performance, usability, or security enhancements. Typically it is in the best interest of individuals to be operating on the most current versions, as typically they have the highest level of security and other optimizations. For this reason, to discourage use of prior versions, the prior versions are moved to a different location, this is at least my understanding.

With this in mind I will like to point out that legacy releases should only be used as a method of performing incremental upgrades, or if used as an actual DotNetNuke environment with careful consideration. Any questions on this please let me know.

Locating the Files

To locate legacy releases you must first login to the DotNetNuke.com website and visit the downloads page. After visiting this page as a logged in user scroll way down the page, you will find the "legacy releases" section which should look like the following.

Legacy Releases Link

Once you have selected the link presented in the Legacy Releases section you will be presented with a Packages listing, similar to the following.

Package Listing

This listing will show you EVERY package released as part of the DotNetNuke system, including any and all core modules, providers, and other packages. To obtain historical releases of the DotNetNuke framework, simply click on the first Package in the listing "DotNetNuke". After clicking on this link you will be presented with a listing of releases, with the current release expanded. You can see in this listing, pictured below, that ALL releases are available, simply expand the version you need and all files are there for you to download.

Version Listing

Conclusion

All legacy releases of DotNetNuke and core modules are made available, however, at times they can be hard to locate. This article should help individuals find this information in a more timely fashion. Please post any questions/comments below.

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