Guides & TutorialsUpdating WHMCSAutomatic UpdatesUpdate Using the Automatic Updater

Update Using the Automatic Updater

The Automatic Update utility allows you to update WHMCS from directly within the Admin Area.

To perform an update using this tool, go to Utilities > Update WHMCS and perform the steps below:

Step 1 - Update Now

WHMCS automatically checks for new updates. To begin the update process, click Update Now.

If you do not see an An update is available message but you know that an update should be available, your server may not meet the minimum requirements or your Update Channel settings may exclude the new version.

For steps to correct the issue and check for updates manually, see Checking for an Update.

Step 1 - Make a Backup

After you begin the upgrade, confirm the version that you are updating to and make a backup of your installation. To do this, click Download Database Backup.

Step 2 - Copy Custom Files

If you have customized any core files, WHMCS will notify you that the update will overwrite them. This is your last chance to make a copy of them.

Do not make customizations to the default system theme or order form template files. Instead, make a copy to apply your customizations to. For more information, see our Developer Documentation.

Step 3 - Begin the Update

When you are ready to perform the update, click Begin Update.

Step 4 - Update

The update process typically takes between 20 and 60 seconds.

Step 5 - Update Completed

When the update finishes, you will see the following success confirmation. We strongly encourage you to visit and read the release notes for the new version.

If the update process fails to complete successfully, see Automatic Update Failed: Identifying the problem.