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  • Resolved JeffLawlorEtna



    I have a brand-spanking-new install of the latest version of WordPress and I’d like to enable automatic updates. However, the link to enable them doesn’t appear anywhere in the admin interface.

    Can I edit a file or two to manually enable automatic updates?

    I’ve seen the option to enable auto updates on sites that are out of date. I’m trying to do the right thing from the start by never letting my installation get out of date.

    Why is WordPress making it hard to do the right thing?


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  • Josh


    I believe automatic updates are automatically enabled. The server must meet a few conditions for this to work though. Please see this reference:

    Thanks for the reply Josh. I appreciate your help.

    I was able to manually update Akismet, so I’m pretty sure my setup meets all the requirements.

    Your link says I should find an option to enable automatic updates under Tools -> Update. I don’t even have a Tools -> Update menu.

    I’d really like to learn where this setting is stored- database, a config file- that way I don’t have to rely on the GUI to tell me.



    Forum Moderator

    See Dashboard -> Update.

    Thanks esmi.

    I do see Update under Dashboard. However, there is still not option to enable automatic updates or an indication that they are enabled.

    Here’s the entire contents of the page:

    WordPress Updates
    Akismet is almost ready. You must enter your Akismet API key for it to work.

    Last checked on April 5, 2012 at 3:49 pm. (Check Again)

    You have the latest version of WordPress.

    You have the latest version of WordPress. You do not need to update. However, if you want to re-install version 3.3.1, you can do so automatically or download the package and re-install manually:

    (Download 3.3.1)

    While your site is being updated, it will be in maintenance mode. As soon as your updates are complete, your site will return to normal.


    Your plugins are all up to date.


    Your themes are all up to date.



    Forum Moderator

    If any updates are available for your site, they will show up on that page. As it is now, there are no updates, so there’s nothing really on the page.

    Thanks emsi.

    My reason for this thread is that I’d like to make sure automatic updates are enabled. I don’t see an option to enable them nor any indication that they are/are not enabled.

    I don’t mind inspecting/modifying files or the database to solve this.

    I appreciate your support on this.




    Forum Moderator

    As previously explained, automatic update alerts are enabled by default. There is nowhere in the Admin area for you to change this.

    OK, I’ll just have to trust that they are enabled.

    Thanks again for your help.




    Forum Moderator

    If you want to test this out, upload an older copy of the Twenty Ten theme to your site – replacing the current version. Then wait for 24 hours – after which you should see a notice to update the theme.

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