I'd like that my site, which uses joomla 3.4.5, automaticly be updated by itself. Wordpress has this with the option define( 'WP_AUTO_UPDATE_CORE', 'true' ); in the file wp-config.php. If it is possible, how can i do it? I'm not a webdevelopper but i can manage to make configurations. Thanks.

  • If you do decide to use any of the suggestions for Auto Update provided in the answers I would suggest you manually update Joomla and your Extensions to their current levels before you implement Auto Update. Joomla 3.4.x is relatively old and there have been a lot of changes and improvements over the years.
    – Irata
    Mar 5 '20 at 3:25

Automatic updates will likely work better on Joomla websites with few or no third party extensions and/or on websites where third party extensions are also being regularly updated.

If automating Joomla updates, you should probably also automate backups (e.g. by installing Akeeba Backup and enabling the "System - Backup on update" plugin) in case of a bad update so you can restore if needed.


Automatic Joomla updates can be enabled on SiteGround if you host with SiteGround: https://www.siteground.com/tutorials/joomla/auto-update


Phil Taylor hinted on 9th November 2015 that core Joomla updates may be available at some stage in mySites.guru. As at March 2020, this has not materialised yet:

"AUTO UPDATES - Set this up and then let our servers automatically update your extensions when new versions are released - Currently we support Akeeba Backup, Admin Tools, and JCE Editor (As these are rock solid and unlikely to break your site!), but soon you can add ANY updatable extension to the list and it will be AUTO UPDATED when the developer releases a new version! (Im even testing auto JOOMLA CORE updates, but that will be in December sometime after much more testing!)"


As FFrewin points out automatic Joomla updates are a feature of watchful.li.


Automatic updates of installed applications can be enabled in some hosting control panels such as Softaculous.

Joomla Extensions

The free Auto Update for Joomla extension automatically keeps Joomla up to date using a cron job.

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    That's a good point - I think this is a feature that hosting control panels provide when you install a web-application from within their application installer. Then they have the ability to auto-update the web application when there is a new update.
    – FFrewin
    Nov 8 '15 at 23:53

There is no auto-update in Joomla. And actually autoupdate can be a bad idea.


Although there is some discussion in Joomla for this feature for some time now, currently there is no such feature available. I can't say if it's a good or bad idea, as this can be a long discussion.

There is a back-end notification system though, for Joomla core and any compatible extensions that use the Joomla updater.

I think that if you install Akeeba CMS update, it might have a feature to send you also email notifications.

Finally Watchful.li is a 3rd party Service, that can help with the monitoring, administration and updates of your Joomla sites, from 1 single point.

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