Automatically Update WordPress Plugins

Update: nowaydays, the more obvious solution is to make sure WP-CLI’s installed and then run wp plugin update --all regularly, as a cron job.

Using Jetpack, Of Course!

All it takes, after installing the plugin and connecting to your WordPress.com account, is:

  1. On WordPress.com, select (beneath ‘My Sites’) the WordPress installation you’re looking to edit.
  2. Choose ‘Plugins’.
  3. Check ‘Autoupdates’ for every plugin.

Done!

Use Jetpack to automatically update your WordPress plugins.
Use Jetpack to automatically update your WordPress plugins.

Of Note

For popular ‘premium’ plugins like WPML or Gravity Forms, this results in a ‘This plugin is not in the WordPress.org plugin repository, so we can’t autoupdate it.’ Good thing you don’t actually have to use them.