How to Upgrade to Appium 1.8.1

How to Upgrade to Appium 1.8.1

5 April 2024 Stephan Petzl Leave a comment Tech-Help

Having trouble upgrading to Appium 1.8.1? Upgrades can sometimes be tricky, but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. This guide will walk you through the steps to successfully update your Appium server to version 1.8.1.

Step-by-Step Guide to Upgrading Appium

Before proceeding, ensure that you have Node.js installed on your machine as it is required for running Appium.

  1. Uninstall the Current Version of Appium

    First, you will need to remove the existing version of Appium from your system. You can do this by running the following command:

    npm uninstall -g appium
  2. Install Appium 1.8.1

    With the old version uninstalled, you can now install the specific version of Appium you need. To install Appium 1.8.1, use the command:

    npm install -g [email protected]
  3. Verify the Installation

    After installation, it’s a good practice to check if the correct version has been installed. To verify, execute:

    appium -v

    This should display the version number of Appium that’s currently active on your system.

Additional Tips

  • If you encounter any caching issues with npm, you can run npm cache clean --force to clear your npm cache.
  • Keep in mind that Appium has both a GUI and a command-line tool. If you are using the Appium GUI, ensure that it’s also updated to match the command-line version.
  • Always remember to restart Appium after upgrading to apply the changes.


Upgrading Appium to a newer version like 1.8.1 should now be straightforward with these steps. If you run into any issues, make sure that you are not mixing up the GUI and command-line tools, and that you have the necessary permissions to install global npm packages. With the updated version, you can take advantage of the latest features and improvements in Appium.

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