How can I update Ant Media Server on Ubuntu?

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Making sure you update Ant Media server is important as it helps you to upgrade your system to leverage new features that may not be available in older or earlier Ant Media versions. This process is very simple and it doesn’t necessarily require you to do any backups. In this article, we will help you to understand everything you need to know so you can easily upgrade your Ant Media server from an earlier edition to the latest release.

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SSH into the System

The first step is to log into your server so you can access its terminal. This means that you will need your server’s IP address, username, and password. If you’re not using the SSH password, then you will need to have an SSH private Key with you on your local machine. If you don’t know how to obtain your SSH logins, you may need to contact your VPS provider so they can help you understand the process of obtaining them. In most cases, a reliable VPS provider like Contabo provides a web-based dashboard where you can easily log in to reset the SSH password for your server.

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Download the latest Ant Media Build

Once you’ve successfully logged in to your server using SSH, you will need to download the latest or the specific Ant Media server build of your choice you want to upgrade to.

Download from the GitHub Repo

If you’re using the free Ant Media community license and you want to upgrade to the latest build, you will need to go to their GitHub repo and find all the Ant Media releases. On the Ant Media Github profile, the latest builds are shown at the top. For example, at the time of this writing, the latest build is Ant Media Community 2.6.2. This means that you will copy the download link of this build and use the wget command to download the files on your server as seen below;

sudo wget

The above command will download a zip file named: on your system. You need to keep note of the downloaded file name as it will be important in the next steps.

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Download from the Ant Media purchase account

This only applies to you if you’re using the Ant Media enterprise edition. The Enterprise edition of the Ant Media software is a paid version that you need to purchase directly from the Ant Media website. All the latest releases will be uploaded to your Ant Media account. And if you want to upgrade, you can always get the download links from there.

To download the Ant Media enterprise file from your purchase account, you will have to right-click on your choice latest build, copy the download link (copy link address), and then use the wget command to download the file on your server.

Download the Ant Media Installation Script

The Ant Media server installation script you used to do the fresh installation of the software on your server is the same script you’re supposed to use. It’s important to note that the Ant Media installation script is a separate file and it’s different from the ZIP file that contains the Ant Media core files. These two files shouldn’t be confused to be the same thing.

So, the installation script can be obtained by running the following the wget command;

wget && chmod 755

The above command will download a script file named, and then add chmod file permission 755. This means that the installation script will be assigned the permissions that allow the users to read, write, and execute it on the server.

Update Ant Media to the latest

For us to be able to update to the latest or any specific Ant Media server build, it is a must to have the above two files we’ve just downloaded. In other words, you must have downloaded the Ant Media server zip file, containing all the code files that make up the software and also the installation script we will use to execute the update installation process.

As we said before, the names of the Ant Media zip file and installation scripts are important to know to enable us to run the update/ upgrade command. In this example, we’re using the Ant Media community build downloaded as, and the installation script downloaded as And so, we will run the Ant Media update or upgrade command as seen below;

sudo ./ -i -r true

After executing the above command, wait for the upgrade process to complete and make sure your system is uninterrupted during this process.

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Control the Ant Media Service

Now that you’ve successfully updated Ant Media server, you will need to check if it’s running by executing the following command;

sudo service antmedia status

If Ant Media is running, you will be able to see something like this as shown in the image below;

How can I update Ant Media Server on Ubuntu?

If Ant Media server is not running, you can start it by running the following command;

sudo service antmedia start

If you want to stop Ant media, you can run the following command;

sudo service antmedia stop

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