Friendica 2024.03 released

We are very happy to announce the availability of the new stable release of Friendica “Yellow Archangel” 2024.03. In addition to several improvements and new features, this release contains several fixes for security issues reported by snajafov, arcanicanis and r1pu5u – Thank you for the reports! We strongly recommend all Friendica admins to update their installations to this stable release.

The highlights of Friendica 2024.03 are

  • We could optimize the performance in some areas.
  • An OCR addon based on Tesseract was added to optionally create missing image descriptions from the text containd in an image.
  • The Channels feature–our user defined algorithm to sort the network stream that was introduced with Friendica 2023.12–has been improved and expanded.
  • The handling of videos and images has been improved and support for WebP has been added.

Note that the minimal PHP version for Friendica was raised to PHP 7.4 with this release.

For details, please the CHANGELOG file in the repository.

What is Friendica

Friendica is a decentralised communications platform, you can use to host your own social media server that integrates with independent social networking platforms (like the Fediverse or Diaspora*) but also some commercial ones like Tumbler and BlueSky.

How to Update

Updating from old Friendica versions

If you are updating from an older version than the 2023.12 release, please first update your Friendica instance to that version as it contained some breaking changes.

Pre-Update Procedures

Ensure that the last backup of your Friendica installation was done recently.

Using Git

Updating from the git repositories should only involve a pull from the Friendica core repository and addons repository, regardless of the branch (stable or develop) you are using. Remember to update the dependencies with composer as well. So, assuming that you are on the stable branch, the commands to update your installation to the 2024.03 release would be

cd friendica
git pull
bin/composer.phar install --no-dev
cd addon
git pull

If you want to use a different branch than the stable one, you need to fetch and checkout the branch before your perform the git pull.

Pulling in the dependencies with composer will show some deprecation warning, we will be working on that in the upcoming release.

Using the Archive Files

If you had downloaded the source files in an archive file (tar.gz) please download the current version of the archive from friendica-full-2024.03.tar.gz (sha256) and friendica-addons 2024.03.tar.gz (sha256)) and unpack it on your local computer.

As many files got deleted or moved around, please upload the unpacked files to a new directory on your server (say friendica_new) and copy over your existing configuration (config/local.config.php and config/addon.config.php) and .htaccess files. Afterwards rename your current Friendica directory (e.g. friendica) to friendica_old and friendica_new to friendica.

The files of the dependencies are included in the archive (make sure you are using the friendica-full-2024.03 archive), so you don’t have to worry about them.

Post Update Tasks

The database update should be applied automatically, but sometimes it gets stuck. If you encounter this, please initiate the DB update manually from the command line by running the script

bin/console dbstructure update

from the base of your Friendica installation. If the output contains any error message, please let us know using the channels mentioned below.

Please note, that some of the changes to the database structure will take some time to be applied, depending on the size of your Friendica database.

Known Issues

At the time of writing this, none

How to Contribute

If you want to contribute to the project, you don’t need to have coding experience. There are a number of tasks listed in the issue tracker with the label “Junior Jobs” we think are good for new contributors. But you are by no means limited to these – if you find a solution to a problem (even a new one) please make a pull request at github or let us know in the development forum.

Contribution to Friendica is also not limited to coding. Any contribution to the documentation, the translation or advertisement materials is welcome or reporting a problem. You don’t need to deal with Git(Hub) or Transifex if you don’t like to. Just get in touch with us and we will get the materials to the appropriate places.

Thanks everyone who helped making this release possible, and especially to all the new contributors to Friendica, and have fun!


Matthias ✔ says:

@tobias Großartig. Vielen Dank für die viele Arbeit und die tollen neuen Features

TM says:

Könntet Ihr die fehlenden Tarballs wieder online verfügbar machen (z.B., aber nicht nur, 22.03 ff.)? Ich wollte gerade eine alte Instanz Sprosse um Sprosse hochklimmen (um mich nicht manuell um die DB-Anpassungen kümmern zu müssen), geht so leider nicht. Da hagelt’s überall 404er. Danke!

(Would be great if you could put that whole bunch of older versions currently unavailable back online.)

Tobias says:

You can find it archived at sorry for the inconvenience

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