I am currently developing my first website using Craft 3 and I'm loving it overall. I seem to have a small issue that I can't quite figure out. When I go to the updates section in the admin panel, I am proposed multiple updates to Craft and 2 of my plugins (see screenshot). However, I can't figure out how to actually do these updates! According to this page in the docs, a button should appear at the top of the page.

I've also tried via composer : composer update craftcms/craft, but it says 'Package "craftcms/craft" listed for update is not installed'.

And I've tried : composer update craftcms/cms and that gives 'Nothing to install or update'. Same thing if I try to update plugins such as redactor that way.

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I had started out on RC14 and I was able to update to RC15 properly via the button, but since then, the button no longer shows. Since I am new to Craft, I am not sure which log would contain pertinent information for the problem. I will be glad to share some logs if necessary. If it changes anything, I purchased a Pro license before the license changes on Apr 04.

Sorry if this is a noob question, any help is appreciated!

  • First things first: did you by any chance add or change the allowUpdates config setting, as mentioned on docs.craftcms.com/api/v3/…?
    – Paul
    Apr 12, 2018 at 18:47
  • Can you also post what your composer.json looks like for this project? Just the line that has craftcms/cms in it is needed. Apr 12, 2018 at 18:47
  • That was my next comment, @andrew.welch ;)
    – Paul
    Apr 12, 2018 at 18:49
  • Wow I can't believe it was the allowUpdates setting was set to false. I must have changed it at some point and didn't remember. Looking at the config file again, it says "Don't allow auto updates" as a comment above that setting. I must have set it to false thinking that if it was set to true, Craft would automatically update without asking, which I didn't want to happen. I didn't think it would entirely prevent Craft from allowing updates. Maybe that comment coule be clearer? Just a thought. Thanks a lot for the help guys! Apr 12, 2018 at 21:48

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As a silly mistake, I had set the allowUpdates config setting to false...hope this helps anyone making the same silly mistake.

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