[master][~/parity/target/release]$ ./parity import /tmp/avatar.rlp

Error Output: Database was created with newer client version. Upgrade your client or delete DB and resync.

I could not understand: [Q]How could I delete the DB or resync it?, I couldn't find where the DB is stored?

Thank you for your valuable time.

6 Answers 6


Check ~/.parity

Don't forget to backup your ~/.parity/keys

  • => Could I clean complete "~/.parity" folder?
    – alper
    Commented Oct 11, 2016 at 4:54
  • Yeah, backup keys if you need them Commented Oct 11, 2016 at 5:01

Parity developer @5chdn said to use:

parity --light db kill

To be precise:

parity db kill —config /path/to/your/toml file

This helps if you have multiple chains or private chains.


The database location seems to have moved since Igor's answer.

I found it at:


Close parity before deleting this directory.

parity db kill

is nothing, it cannot remove the db data, just remove '.local/share/io.parity.ethereum/chains/ethereum/db/906a34e69aec8c0d', it will clean the world

  • On latest version ./openethereum db kill seems to do the trick.
    – squall3d
    Commented Nov 29, 2021 at 2:28

And you have to delete the user_default file also.If its still there after deleting this db folder still there will be the same error

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