Is it possible to automatically apply Craft CMS updates when they become available?

At the moment, I have to go into the CPanel and apply updates with the one-click option.

Maybe I can do this with a cron job?

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Of course you can, but it's going to be a little bit tricky since you have to be logged in or you have to find a way how to login with an automatic request. Like others said, it's a dangerous things and I would not suggest to auto update since something can eventually break and you'll not notice it before your customers.

What you can do is

  1. Create a controller that uses the user service to login with admin credentials
  2. Redirect to admin/updates/go/craft <- this will start the update

Making an update for Craft 2 is actually just visiting the admin/updates/go/craft everything else is automatic

  • I agree with you both that it's bad practice. I want to experiment with this within a staging environment :)
    – Sam
    Jan 12, 2018 at 17:03
  • Alright, if it's only for staging servers it might be ok. If you are not able to create an auto login I can provide one. I'm currently on my smartphone so it's a little bit tricky to write code but it requires actually all in all only about 10-15 lines because craft has many ready to use functions for that Jan 12, 2018 at 17:12

It's typically bad practice to allow auto-updates -- at least in a production environment.

That being said, to update Craft, you're required to download the new files (click "Download" on the update page and it gives you a zip file), and then replace them in your codebase. So right now, no you wouldn't be able to do this with a Cron Job.

Craft 3 may be a different story, though.

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