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.


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.


As pointed out already, auto-update may not be a great idea in many situations but you can enable this if you host with SiteGround:


Auto update of Joomla will soon be available in myjoomla.com:

From Phil Taylor on 9th November 2015:

"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!)"

August 2018 Update:

Since answering this question in 2015, a free extension, Auto Update for Joomla has been released which automatically keeps Joomla up to date.

I think automatic updates could work well on a Joomla website with few or no third party extensions. You should 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.

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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
  • Yes, I think you are right about this with Softalicious etc but you can enable auto-update on SiteGround regardless of the install method. – Neil Robertson Nov 8 '15 at 23:57

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