In-Place Software Upgrade – BarTender Instruction Article


Seagull Scientific regularly releases updates to the BarTender software. Starting with R2 (R1 is the original release). At the time of this article, the latest release to BarTender 2016  is R7. This Reference Article provides a guideline to upgrade BarTender software to newer release (within the same version).


  • Download latest executable for upgrade
  • Secure software license activation key (from EBI:
  • Obtain test computer or VM (recommended but optional)


Simply installing the new version over the existing version is risky and not an recommended procedure.  In this situation we recommend the following steps:

  1. Create a test server (similar/identical to current server)
  2. Backup data from current server and restore it on the test server
  3. Make sure that test server is running normally
  4. Perform upgrade to the latest release and document all the steps. This will come in handy if you need to perform IQ.
  5. Test the functionality of the new version. The amount of testing requires will depend on individual company’s SOPs. Documented all the tests.
  6. After successful tests, repeat steps 2,4 and 5 on current production server
  7. Perform the same tests done in step 5



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