Guide to Upgrading Appium from 1.5.3 to 1.8.1

Guide to Upgrading Appium from 1.5.3 to 1.8.1

5 April 2024 Stephan Petzl Leave a comment Tech-Help

Upgrading your Appium version is a common task for developers and testers who want to take advantage of the latest features and bug fixes. This guide will walk you through the steps to upgrade Appium from version 1.5.3 to 1.8.1.

Uninstalling the Old Version of Appium

Before installing the new version of Appium, it’s essential to uninstall the existing version to avoid any conflicts. Here is how you can do it:

  1. Open your terminal or command prompt.
  2. Execute the following command to uninstall Appium globally:

    npm uninstall -g appium

Installing the New Version of Appium

With the old version uninstalled, you can now proceed to install the desired version of Appium.

  1. In the same terminal or command prompt window, enter the following command to install Appium version 1.8.1 globally:

    npm install -g [email protected]

Verifying the Installation

After the installation process is complete, it’s a good practice to verify that the correct version of Appium is installed.

  1. Type the following command to check the installed version of Appium:

    appium -v
  2. The terminal should display the version number, confirming that Appium 1.8.1 is now installed on your system.

Additional Notes

  • The @ symbol in the install command specifies the particular version of Appium you wish to install.
  • If you encounter any issues during the installation process, ensure that you have Node.js installed on your machine, as it is a prerequisite for running Appium.
  • It is also worth noting that if you are using Appium GUI and not the command-line tool, you should check for the corresponding GUI version compatible with Appium 1.8.1.


If you run into any issues after upgrading, you may want to clear the npm cache. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Run the command npm cache clean --force to clear the npm cache.
  2. After clearing the cache, reinstall Appium using the install command provided above.

By following these steps, you should have successfully upgraded to Appium 1.8.1 and be ready to continue with your development or testing work.

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