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Automatically Update Installations with Softaculous

This article will show you how to set your installations to auto-upgrade with Softaculous. We will use WordPress installation as an example.

You may find some links below that will take you directly to your cPanel provided that the following conditions are met:
  • You are logged into your Customer Portal. You can also log in after clicking the link.
  • The hosting package you are attempting to access is either Shared or Cloud. The link will only work for the first type of this package listed in the billing account.

How to Enable Auto Upgrade for New Installations

  1. Log in to cPanel.
  2. Under the Software section, click on Softaculous Apps Installer.

    Softaculous icon

  3. In Softaculous, there are two ways to install the software you wish to install. You can either click on the software widget or search for it. We will use WordPress as an example.

    Softaculous  install software

  4. Click on the Install button.

    Install button

  5. On the Installation page, fill out the form with the required information.

  6. Expand the Advanced Options and scroll down to the Auto Upgrade section.

  7. Choose preferred settings from the three options provided.

    Do not Auto Upgrade - The auto-upgrade is disabled.
    Upgrade to Minor versions only - The software will be automatically upgraded with minor updates (WP update from 5.3 to 5.3.3 instead of 5.4).
    Upgrade to any latest version available (Major and Minor) -The software will be automatically upgraded with both major and minor updates (For example, WP minor update from 5.3 to 5.3.3 and major update from 5.4 to 5.5).

    softaculous installation page  set to auto upgrade

  8. Click on the Install button at the bottom of the page.
  9. The screenshot below shows how an installation looks like if auto-update is enabled.

    auto update icon


How to Enable Auto Upgrade for Existing Installations

  1. Log in to cPanel.
  2. Under the Software section, click on Softaculous Apps Installer.

    Softaculous icon

  3. In Softaculous, click on the Installations box.

    Softaculous  installation box

  4. The next page will show the list of installed scripts. Click on the Pencil icon to edit the installation details.

    Pencil icom

  5. In the Edit Installation Details page, select how you want to upgrade your installation.

  6. Choose preferred settings from the three options provided:

    Do not Auto Upgrade - The auto-upgrade is disabled.
    Upgrade to Minor versions only - The software will be automatically upgraded with minor updates (WP update from 5.3 to 5.3.3 instead of 5.4).
    Upgrade to any latest version available (Major and Minor) -The software will be automatically upgraded with both major and minor updates (For example, WP minor update from 5.3 to 5.3.3 and major update from 5.4 to 5.5).

    set to auto uprade

  7. Click on the Save Installation Details button at the bottom of the page.

    Save  button

  8. The screenshot below shows how an installation looks like if auto-update is enabled.

    auto update icon

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