How-to install experimental Add-ons/Bindings or special versions?

Hi Boys n’ Girls,
could someone more deeply into openhab2 tell me - a straight forward way how to install and use for example a special version of a binding?

My actual ways used to work until restart - until the default 2.1.0 Version is prefered to be loaded.
I like to use the new astro-binding from the 2.2.0 SNAP-shot as it contains a fix.

i go with in the shell uninstall the bundle and install the new one.

So today i set remote to false:

# Access Remote Add-on Repositories
# Defines whether the remote openHAB add-on repository should be used for browsing and installing add-ons.
# This not only makes latest snapshots of add-ons available, it is also required for the installation of
# any legacy 1.x add-on and all experimental features. (default is false for offline distro, true for online distro)
remote = false

but then i need to add the 2.1.0 manually into the addons folder?

Maybe there is a much beter way to do this all - and someone can tell me?
Thanks a lot

yeah, this is what i figured so far myself;
In sum it is nice to have the releases ready and easy to use. This will do for 95% of all users. But when having trouble with one binding - it is going to be complicated.
So a version-Management and personal stable-management is something i would need.

Or just upgrade to the runtime snapshot, it is a lot more stable as you may think :sunglasses:

ok. And how do i do this :slight_smile: ?

Depending on your installation (Win, Linux, Mac, apt, manual, openHABian, Docker, Synology …) you can find the instructions here (Changing Versions):

i do find this all very painfull. I miss a little the “old ways” - just to put the new jar file into - and you are fine …

This is freaking complicated. And also: if you need to use a developer version - everytime you reboot - everything is gone… iamfrustrated

That is even easier with openHAB2: in PaperUI click uninstall, then click install and you are good to go (assuming you are using a snapshot version and have online repo access option enabled).

If you are talking about the runtime: use the manual install method. When upgrading, save your config folder, delete outdated openHAB, unzip new openHAB, copy the config folder back, finished.

To come back to that point: yes, that one is a bit complicated because the stable runtime needs to be tweaked.
If you would have installed the snapshot runtime, it is as easy as 1) click uninstall, 2) click install. It takes about 2 seconds. The limit is the speed of your internet connection …