App upgrade guide

Once you’ve created and published the first version of your app, you will want to keep it up to date with the latest Nextcloud features.

This document will cover the most important changes in Nextcloud, as well as some guides on how to upgrade existing apps.

Upgrading to Nextcloud 21

Note

Critical changes were collected on Github. See the original ticket for links to the pull requests and tickets.

General

The biggest change in Nextcloud 21 is the initial support for PHP 8 and the corresponding updates of many core dependencies, which could have direct and indirect consequences for apps.

PHP 8 support

Nextcloud 21 is the first major release that is compatible with the new PHP 8.0. As a consequence, some previously working syntax can cause problems when an app is deployed with PHP newer than 7.4. The full changelog can be found on the php.net website. There is also a document for all breaking changes on Github.

To check compatibility automatically we recommend adding or updating the Continuous Integration of your app so that linters, tests and static analysis can warn you about any problems before the app is shipped to users.

Updated core libraries

If apps use only official public APIs of Nextcloud, the update of core libraries should have little to no effect on apps. However, there are some edge cases where an app still has a code dependency to a library shipped with Nextcloud, e.g. when those 3rdparty classes or functions are used, and therefore app developers are recommended to check their code for any incompatibility. Moreover it’s recommended to check compatibility with sophisticated tools, as documented at the static analysis section.

doctrine/dbal

The Doctrine Database Abstraction Layer powers Nextcloud’s database connection and query builder. In Nextcloud 21, this dependency was updated from 2.x to 3.0. As a consequence, some types that were previously exported through the Nextcloud OCP API are removed or changed by this update. For backwards-compatibility, there is now a tiny compatibility layer between the original Doctrine API and what apps use via the Nextcloud API.

Optimistically speaking, the database connection and the query builder should mostly work like in Nextcloud 20 or older. The main differences are that prepared statements and query results are not handled by the removed Doctrine Statement but two new Nextcloud types IPreparedStatement and IResult. You don’t have to worry about these types unless you pass around the result of a query to class/method/function with type hints. In this rare case, please adjust the type hints accordingly for the new type if you only support Nextcloud 21 in your apps or remove the type hint temporarily for multi-version Nextcloud support.

Some (minor) breaking changes were inevitable. Here’s the summary

  • Many of the database connection methods have now a documented exception that can be thrown: \OCP\DB\Exception. This also acts as a replacement for the removed \Doctrine\DBAL\DBALException.
  • $queryBuilder->execute()->fetch() only has one argument now (there were three previously)
  • $queryBuilder->execute()->fetchColumn() has no more arguments and got also deprecated. Use fetchOne instead
  • $queryBuilder->execute()->bindParam() was removed because conceptually it does not make sense to bind a parameter after executing a query. Use bindParam on the IPeparedStatement instead.
  • $queryBuilder->execute()->bindValue() was removed because conceptually it does not make sense to bind a value after executing a query. Use bindValue on the IPeparedStatement instead.
  • $queryBuilder->execute()->columnCount() was removed
  • $queryBuilder->execute()->errorCode() was removed from Doctrine
  • $queryBuilder->execute()->errorInfo() was removed from Doctrine
  • $queryBuilder->execute()->setFetchMode() was removed from Doctrine
  • $connection->prepare()->execute() previously returned false under some error conditions, it now always gives you an IResult or throws a \OCP\DB\Exception.
  • \Doctrine\DBAL\Types\Type::* type constants were moved, which some apps used for column type constants in apps. Use the new \OCP\DB\Types::* as a replacement.

The details of this change can also be seen in the pull request on Github and in the upstream dbal 3.0.xx upgrade document.

guzzlehttp/guzzle

The HTTP client library behind the Nextcloud HTTP client was updated for PHP 8 compatibility. The Nextcloud abstraction remained untouched and will work like before. If you used Guzzle directly, make sure you don’t use the fluent API on requests or responses.

psr/log

The PSR-3: Logger Interface package was updated to v1.1. The log method can now theoretically throw an \Psr\Log\InvalidArgumentException, though Nextcloud does not make use of this at the moment. It’s recommended to check any usage of the method nevertheless and add error handling if appropriate.

sabre/*

The Sabre packages received a minor update. Only apps that provide DAV functionality should be effected, if any.

App code checker deprecation

The app code checker (occ app:check-code myapp) is obsolete due to static analysis. For Nextcloud 21 it will act as NOOP, meaning that you can still call the command but it will never fail. This allows you to still use it on CI if you test against 21, 20 and older releases. But prepare the switch to static analysis if you haven’t already. Please also note that the app code checker hadn’t received many updates recently, hence the number of issues it can detect is low.

PSR-0 deprecation

The original PSR-0 standard was deprecated in 2014 and therefore the support for it in Nextcloud will also end soon. Hence we recommend migrating your class file names to PSR-4.

Last version with database.xml support and migration

Nextcloud 21 is the last major release that supports an app’s appinfo/database.xml to define the database schema. This is your last change to automatically convert this deprecated file into the new migration classes.

Replaced well-known handler API

There was an old, unused and inofficial mechanism to hook into well-known discovery via config settings. This includes host-meta, host-meta.json, nodeinfo and webfinger. A new public API replaces this mechanism in Nextcloud 21.

Upgrading to Nextcloud 20

Note

Critical changes were collected on Github. See the original ticket for links to the pull requests and tickets.

Front-end changes

Body theme

The body theme classes are now theme--highcontrast, theme--dark and/or theme--light.

jQuery update

jQuery was updated to v2.2. The most notable change is that $(document).ready(...) or $(...) for short fires sooner than before. Use the DOMContentLoaded event instead.

Removed globals

  • escape-html: use the escape-html package <https://www.npmjs.com/package/escape-html> or similar

Deprecated global variables

Removed jQuery plugins

  • $.tipsy

Back-end changes

App bootstrap logic

The code that initializes an app or anything that should run for every request and command is now moved to a dedicated and typed API. The appinfo/app.php is therefore obsolete and deprecated. See bootstrapping for details.

PSR-3 integration

Nextcloud 20 is the first major release of Nextcloud that brings full compatibility with PSR-3: Logger Interface. From this point on it is highly recommended to use this interface mainly as the old \OCP\ILogger got deprecated with the last remaining changes. The majority of methods are identical between the Nextcloud-specific interface and the PSR one. Pay attention to usages of \OCP\ILogger::logException as that method does not exist on the PSR logger. However, you can specifcy an exception key in the $context argument of any \Psr\Log\LoggerInterface method and Nextcloud will format it like it did with the old logException.

PSR-11 integration

Nextcloud 20 is the first major release of Nextcloud that brings full compatibility with PSR-11: Container Interface. From this point on it is highly recommended to use this interface mainly as the old \OCP\IContainer got deprecated with this change.

The interfaces \OCP\AppFramework\IAppContainer and \OCP\IServerContainer will remain, but they won’t extend the IContainer anymore once that interface gets removed. As a result, IAppContainer and IServerContainer will eventually become tagging interfaces with the sole purpose of making it possible to have either the app or server container injected explicitly.

If your app requires Nextcloud 20 or later, you can replace any of the old type hints with one of \Psr\Container\ContainerInterface and replace calls of query with get, e.g. on the closures used when registering services:

// old
$container->registerService('DecryptAll', function (IAppContainer $c) {
  return new DecryptAll(
    $c->query('Util'),
    $c->query(KeyManager::class),
    $c->query('Crypt'),
    $c->query(ISession::class)
  )
})

becomes

// new
$container->registerService('DecryptAll', function (ContainerInterface $c) {
  return new DecryptAll(
    $c->get('Util'),
    $c->get(KeyManager::class'),
    $c->get('Crypt'),
    $c->get(ISession::class)
  )
})

Note

For a smoother transition, the old interfaces were changed so they are based on ContainerInterface, hence you can use has and get on IContainer and sub types.

Deprecated APIs

  • \OCP\IContainer: see PSR-11 integration
  • \OCP\ILogger: see PSR-3 integration
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getEventDispatcher
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getCalendarManager: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getCalendarResourceBackendManager: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getCalendarRoomBackendManager: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getContactsManager: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getEncryptionManager: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getEncryptionFilesHelper: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getEncryptionKeyStorage: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getRequest: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getPreviewManager: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getTagManager: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getSystemTagManager: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getSystemTagObjectMapper: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getAvatarManager: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getRootFolder
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getUserManager: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getGroupManager: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getUserSession: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getSession: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getTwoFactorAuthManager: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getNavigationManager: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getConfig: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getSystemConfig: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getAppConfig: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getL10NFactory: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getL10N: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getURLGenerator: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getAppFetcher: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getMemCacheFactory: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getGetRedisFactory: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getDatabaseConnection: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getActivityManager: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getJobList: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getLogger: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getLogFactory: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getRouter: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getSearch: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getSecureRandom: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getCrypto: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getHasher: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getCredentialsManager: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getCertificateManager: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getHTTPClientService: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::createEventSource
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getEventLogger: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getQueryLogger: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getTempManager: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getAppManager: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getMailer: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getWebRoot: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getOcsClient: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getDateTimeZone: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getDateTimeFormatter: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getMountProviderCollection: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getIniWrapper: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getCommandBus: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getTrustedDomainHelper: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getLockingProvider: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getMountManager: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getUserMountCache: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getMimeTypeDetector: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getMimeTypeLoader: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getCapabilitiesManager: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getNotificationManager: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getCommentsManager: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getThemingDefaults: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getIntegrityCodeChecker: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getSessionCryptoWrapper: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getCsrfTokenManager: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getBruteForceThrottler: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getContentSecurityPolicyManager: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getContentSecurityPolicyNonceManager: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getStoragesBackendService: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getGlobalStoragesService: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getUserGlobalStoragesService: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getUserStoragesService: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getShareManager: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getCollaboratorSearch: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getAutoCompleteManager: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getLDAPProvider: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getSettingsManager: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getAppDataDir
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getCloudIdManager: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getGlobalScaleConfig: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getCloudFederationProviderManager: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getRemoteApiFactory: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getCloudFederationFactory: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getRemoteInstanceFactory: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getStorageFactory: have the interface injected instead
  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getGeneratorHelper: have the interface injected instead
  • \OC_App::registerLogIn(): use bootstrapping and \OCP\AppFramework\Bootstrap\IRegistrationContext::registerAlternativeLogin
  • Event \OCA\DAV\CalDAV\CalDavBackend::createCachedCalendarObject: listen to \OCA\DAV\Events\CachedCalendarObjectCreatedEvent
  • Event \OCA\DAV\CalDAV\CalDavBackend::createCalendar: listen to \OCA\DAV\Events\CalendarCreatedEvent
  • Event \OCA\DAV\CalDAV\CalDavBackend::createCalendarObject: listen to \OCA\DAV\Events\CalendarObjectCreatedEvent
  • Event \OCA\DAV\CalDAV\CalDavBackend::createSubscription: listen to \OCA\DAV\Events\SubscriptionCreatedEvent
  • Event \OCA\DAV\CalDAV\CalDavBackend::deleteCachedCalendarObject: listen to \OCA\DAV\Events\CachedCalendarObjectDeletedEvent
  • Event \OCA\DAV\CalDAV\CalDavBackend::deleteCalendar: listen to \OCA\DAV\Events\CalendarDeletedEvent
  • Event \OCA\DAV\CalDAV\CalDavBackend::deleteCalendarObject: listen to \OCA\DAV\Events\CalendarObjectDeletedEvent
  • Event \OCA\DAV\CalDAV\CalDavBackend::deleteSubscription: listen to \OCA\DAV\Events\SubscriptionDeletedEvent
  • Event \OCA\DAV\CalDAV\CalDavBackend::publishCalendar: listen to \OCA\DAV\Events\CalendarPublishedEvent
  • Event \OCA\DAV\CalDAV\CalDavBackend::publishCalendar: listen to \OCA\DAV\Events\CalendarUnpublishedEvent
  • Event \OCA\DAV\CalDAV\CalDavBackend::updateCachedCalendarObject: listen to \OCA\DAV\Events\CachedCalendarObjectUpdatedEvent
  • Event \OCA\DAV\CalDAV\CalDavBackend::updateCalendar: listen to \OCA\DAV\Events\CalendarUpdatedEvent
  • Event \OCA\DAV\CalDAV\CalDavBackend::updateCalendarObject: listen to \OCA\DAV\Events\CalendarObjectUpdatedEvent
  • Event \OCA\DAV\CalDAV\CalDavBackend::updateShares: listen to \OCA\DAV\Events\CalendarShareUpdatedEvent
  • Event \OCA\DAV\CalDAV\CalDavBackend::updateSubscription: listen to \OCA\DAV\Events\SubscriptionUpdatedEvent
  • Event \\OCA\DAV\CardDAV\CardDavBackend::createCard: listen to \OCA\DAV\Events\CardCreatedEvent
  • Event \OCA\DAV\CardDAV\CardDavBackend::deleteCard: listen to \OCA\DAV\Events\CardDeletedEvent
  • Event \OCA\DAV\CardDAV\CardDavBackend::updateCard: listen to \OCA\DAV\Events\CardUpdatedEvent
  • Event \OCA\Files_Sharing::loadAdditionalScripts:: publicShareAuth: listen to \OCA\Files_Sharing\Event\BeforeTemplateRenderedEvent
  • Event \OCA\Files_Sharing::loadAdditionalScripts: listen to \OCA\Files_Sharing\Event\BeforeTemplateRenderedEvent
  • Event \OCA\User_LDAP\User\User::postLDAPBackendAdded: listen to \OCA\User_LDAP\Events\UserBackendRegistered
  • Event \OCA\User_LDAP\User\User::postLDAPBackendAdded: listen to \OCA\User_LDAP\Events\GroupBackendRegistered
  • Event \OCP\AppFramework\Http\StandaloneTemplateResponse::EVENT_LOAD_ADDITIONAL_SCRIPT: listen to \OCP\AppFramework\Http\Events\BeforeTemplateRenderedEvent
  • Event \OCP\AppFramework\Http\StandaloneTemplateResponse::EVENT_LOAD_ADDITIONAL_SCRIPTS_LOGGEDIN: listen to \OCP\AppFramework\Http\Events\BeforeTemplateRenderedEvent
  • Event \OCP\WorkflowEngine::loadAdditionalSettingScripts: listen to \OCP\WorkflowEngine\Events\LoadSettingsScriptsEvent

Removed from public namespace

  • \OCP\IServerContainer::getAppFolder
  • Hook \OCA\DAV\Connector\Sabre::authInit: use the \OCA\DAV\Events\SabrePluginAuthInitEvent event instead
  • Event \OC_User::post_removeFromGroup: listen to \OCP\Group\Events\UserRemovedEvent
  • Event \OCA\DAV\Connector\Sabre::authInit: listen to \OCA\DAV\Events\SabrePluginAuthInitEvent

Upgrading to Nextcloud 19

Note

Critical changes were collected on Github. See the original ticket for links to the pull requests and tickets.

Front-end changes

jQuery deprecation

As of Nextcloud 19, the global jquery and $ are deprecated for apps. While the library won’t be removed immediately to give developers time to adapt, we encourage you to either replace it with another library or simply use a bundling tool like webpack to scope it to your own. The library will be upgraded in Nextcloud in future versions of Nextcloud and there are breaking changes in the newer versions of jQuery.

Deprecated global variables

Removed globals

  • getURLParameter
  • formatDate
  • humanFileSize
  • relative_modified_date

Removed libraries

  • marked

Back-end changes

Symfony update

Symfony was updated to v4.4. The most important change for apps is to return an int value from CLI commands. Returning null (explicitly or implicitly) won’t be allowed in future versions of Symfony.

Deprecation of injection of named services

Apps had been able to query core services like the implementation of the interface \OCP\ITagManager as TagManager. To unify the service resolution with type hints for the constructor injection, the named resolution is deprecated, logs warnings and will be removed in the future. Use the fully-qualifier class name (with the ::class constant) instead:

If you had

$tagManager = \OC::$server->query('TagManager');

change your code to

$tagManager = \OC::$server->query(\OCP\ITagManager::class);

On constructor arguments you should always type-hint the service by its interface. If you do so already, nothing changes for you.

New APIs

  • \OCP\Authentication\Events\LoginFailedEvent class added
  • \OCP\Comments\IComment::getReferenceId method added
  • \OCP\Comments\IComment::setReferenceId method added
  • \OCP\Contacts\Events\ContactInteractedWithEvent class added
  • \OCP\EventDispatcher\IEventDispatcher::removeListener method added
  • \OCP\ITags::TAG_FAVORITE constant added
  • \OCP\Mail\Events\BeforeMessageSent class added
  • \OCP\Lock\LockedException::getExistingLock method added
  • \OCP\Share\Events\VerifyMountPointEvent class added
  • \OCP\Share\IManager::allowEnumeration method added
  • \OCP\Share\IManager::limitEnumerationToGroups method added

Changed APIs

  • \OCP\User\Events\BeforeUserLoggedInEvent::getUsername now correctly returns a string and not an \OCP\IUser

Upgrading to Nextcloud 18

Note

Critical changes were collected on Github. See the original ticket for links to the pull requests and tickets.

Front-end changes

CSS

  • Overall font-size was increased. Please make sure you use relative units like rem instead of pixels.

Deprecated global variables

Back-end changes

New APIs

  • \OCP\WorkflowEngine namespace

Deprecations

  • \OCP\Collaboration\Resources\IManager::registerResourceProvider: use \OCP\Collaboration\Resources\IProviderManager::registerResourceProvider instead.

Behavioral changes

  • Email shares and link shares now share the same config. You cannot create mail shares if the share links are disabled by your administrator
  • Please register new sidebar tabs scripts with the OCA\Files\Event\LoadSidebar\Event script
  • Viewer binds the full file object to the views now. Variables names changed!

Upgrading to Nextcloud 17

Note

Critical changes were collected on Github. See the original ticket for links to the pull requests and tickets.

Front-end changes

Deprecated global variables

  • initCore: don’t use this internal function.
  • oc_appconfig: use OC.appConfig instead.
  • oc_appswebroots: use OC.appswebroots instead.
  • oc_capabilities: use OC.getCapabilities() instead.
  • oc_config: use OC.config instead.
  • oc_current_user: use OC.getCurrentUser().uid instead.
  • oc_debug: use OC.debug instead.
  • oc_isadmin: use OC.isUserAdmin() instead.
  • oc_requesttoken: use OC.requestToken instead.
  • oc_webroot: use OC.getRootPath() instead.
  • OCDialogs: use OC.dialogs instead.
  • OC._capabilities: use OC.getCapabilities() instead.
  • OC.addTranslations: use OC.L10N.load instead.
  • OC.coreApps: internal use only, no replacement.
  • OC.getHost: use the use window.location.host directly.
  • OC.getHostName: use the use window.location.hostname directly.
  • OC.getPort: use the use window.location.port directly.
  • OC.getProtocol: use the use window.location.protocol.split(':')[0] directly.
  • OC.fileIsBlacklisted: use the regex OC.config.blacklist_files_regex directly.
  • OC.redirect: use window.location directly.
  • OC.reload: use window.location.reload() directly.

Removed jQuery plugins

  • singleselect: ship your own if you really need it.

Back-end changes

Removed from public namespace

  • \OCP\App::checkAppEnabled
  • \OCP\Security\StringUtils
  • \OCP\Util::callCheck

Deprecations

  • \OCP\AppFramework\Http\EmptyContentSecurityPolicy::allowEvalScript: This means apps should no longer use eval in their JavaScript. We aim to forbid this in general in a future version of Nextcloud.
  • \OCP\AppFramework\Utility\IControllerMethodReflector::reflec: Will be removed in 18.

Behavioral changes

  • LDAP: default value for ldapGroupMemberAssocAttr changed from uniqueMember to unset. On scripted setups, it has to be set if LDAP groups should be used within Nextcloud.
  • Provisioning API: creating users will return the assigned user ID as dataset, as in ['id' => $userid].

Upgrading to Nextcloud 16

Note

Critical changes were collected on Github. See the original ticket for links to the pull requests and tickets.

Front-end changes

  • CSP: frame-anchestor set to self by default.

Deprecation of shipped JavaScript libraries

The following libraries are considered as deprecated from Nextcloud 16 on. If you use one of those in your app, make sure to ship your own version that is properly bundled with your app.

  • marked
  • Clipboard -> now exported as ClipboardJS to resolve naming conflicts in Chrome.
  • Apps should ship their own javascript dependencies and not depend on server shipping for example jquery etc. Depending on the server dist package is deprecated starting NC16.
  • escapeHTML
  • formatDate
  • getURLParameter
  • humanFileSize
  • relative_modified_date
  • select2

Back-end changes

  • Php7.0 support removed. Php7.1 or higher required.
  • PostgreSQL 9.5+ required.
  • Autoloading: In the past it was also possible to autoload PHP classes in apps by specify a list of classes and filenames in appinfo/classpath.php. This should not be used anymore and also isn’t used by any app that is publicly available.

Removed APIs

  • \OCP\Activity\IManager::getNotificationTypes
  • \OCP\Activity\IManager::getDefaultTypes
  • \OCP\Activity\IManager::getTypeIcon
  • \OCP\Activity\IManager::translate
  • \OCP\Activity\IManager::getSpecialParameterList
  • \OCP\Activity\IManager::getGroupParameter
  • \OCP\Activity\IManager::getNavigation
  • \OCP\Activity\IManager::isFilterValid
  • \OCP\Activity\IManager::filterNotificationTypes
  • \OCP\Activity\IManager::getQueryForFilter
  • \OCP\Security\ISecureRandom::getLowStrengthGenerator
  • \OCP\Security\ISecureRandom::getMediumStrengthGenerator

Upgrading to Nextcloud 15

Note

Critical changes were collected on Github. See the original ticket for links to the pull requests and tickets.

Front-end changes

  • unsafe-eval not allowed anymore by default.

Removed APIs

  • fileDownloadPath()
  • getScrollBarWidth()
  • OC.AppConfig.hasKey()
  • OC.AppConfig.deleteApp()
  • OC.Share.ShareConfigModel.areAvatarsEnabled()
  • OC.Util.hasSVGSupport()
  • OC.Util.replaceSVGIcon()
  • OC.Util.replaceSVG()
  • OC.Util.scaleFixForIE8()
  • OC.Util.isIE8()

Back-end changes

  • Removed php7.0 support

Deprecated APIs

  • \OCP\Util::linkToPublic
  • \OCP\Util::recursiveArraySearch

Removed APIs

  • \OCP\Activity\IManager::publishActivity
  • \OCP\Util::logException
  • \OCP\Util::mb_substr_replace
  • \OCP\Util::mb_str_replace

Upgrading to Nextcloud 14

Note

Critical changes were collected on Github. See the original ticket for links to the pull requests and tickets.

General

  • php7.0 and php7.1 support added.
  • Introduction of type hints for scalar types in public APIs according to existing PHPDoc.

Front-end changes

  • OCA.Search is now OCA.Search.Core.
  • Overall structure changed.
  • .with-app-sidebar not required anymore to open the sidebar only use disappear on the sidebar
  • .svg not required anymore
  • .with-settings not required anymore
  • .with-icon not required anymore

Back-end changes

Changed APIs

  • AppFramework\Http\Request::getHeader always returns a string (and not null).
  • Security\ICrypto::decrypt only accepts strings.
  • \OCP\AppFramework\Utility\ITimeFactory is strictly typed.
  • \OCP\IL10N is strictly typed.
  • \OCP\Mail and the email templates got type hints.
  • \OCP\Authentication\TwoFactorAuth got typehints and return type hints.
  • \OCP\Migration\IMigrationStep has two new methods.
  • EMailTemplate child classes should use the %$1s notation for replacements to be future compatible and be able to reuse parameters.

Deprecated APIs

  • OCP\Files
  • Setting custom client URLs in a custom \OC_Theme class. Settings in config.php should be used.
  • Log levels in OCP\Util. Moved to the \OCP\ILogger interface
  • OCP\AppFramework\Db\Mapper. Move to \OCP\AppFramework\Db\QBMapper

Removed APIs

  • several deprecated functions from \OCP\AppFramework/IAppContainer
  • \OCP\BackgroundJob::registerJob
  • \OCP\Config
  • \OCP\Contacts
  • \OCP\DB
  • \OCP\Files::tmpFile
  • \OCP\Files::tmpFolder
  • \OCP\IHelper
  • \OCP\ISearch\search
  • \OCP\JSON
  • \OCP\Response
  • \OCP\Share::resolveReshare
  • \OCP\User::getDisplayNames
  • \OCP\Util\formatDate
  • \OCP\Util::generateRandomBytes
  • \OCP\Util::sendMail
  • \OCP\Util::encryptedFiles
  • \OCP\Util::getServerProtocol
  • \OCP\Util::getServerHost
  • \OCP\Util::getServerProtocol
  • \OCP\Util::getRequestUri
  • \OCP\Util::getScriptName
  • \OCP\Util::urlgenerator
  • Deprecated OCP constants
  • Deprecated template functions from OCP
  • Some deprecated methods of \OCP\Response
  • HTTPHelper

Behavioral changes

  • Removed --no-app-disable from occ upgrade command.
  • $fromMailAddress won’t be injected anymore by the DI container.
  • Apps that are enabled for groups can now provide public pages, that are available even if a user is not logged in.
  • OCS API method AddUser POST:/users now allow empty password iff email is set and valid.
  • Email texts are not automatically escaped anymore in all cases.

Configuration changes

  • When using Swift Objectstore as home storage make sure that to set the bucket/container parameter.
  • mail_smtpmode can no longer be set to php. As this option is lost with the upgrade of phpmailer.

OCS changes

Added APIs

  • Details endpoint for the user list
  • Details endpoint for the groups list

Changed APIs

  • OCS API getGroup method replaced by getGroupUsers #8904

Internal changes

Note

Only relevant if you used non-public APIs. Don’t use them.

  • cleanup of OC_* namespace - we removed quite some classes, methods and constants from our internal namespace.
  • Removed OC_Group_Backend
  • Removed OC_Response::setStatus and the constants for status codes