Update with the Automatic Updater

You can use the Automatic Updater feature at Utilities > Update WHMCS to update WHMCS from directly within the Admin Area. We recommend this update method for most WHMCS installations.

Update with the Automatic Updater

1. Prepare to Update

Do not skip this step.

Perform our recommended steps to check our release notes and system requirements, verify the status of your customizations, test the update on a testing environment, and perform a backup.

To use the Automatic Updater feature for an update, your system must also meet the following requirements:

  • A PHP memory limit of at least 128 MB.
  • At least 250 MB of free disk space.
  • The PHP allow_url_fopen setting is enabled.
  • The PHP max_execution_time setting is 60 seconds or more.
  • The PHP Zip Extension or the proc_open PHP function are enabled.
  • The PHP open_basedir setting includes the entire WHMCS document root.
For steps and more information and recommendations, see Prepare to Update WHMCS.

2. Perform the Update

To update WHMCS:

  1. Go to Utilities > Update WHMCS.
  2. Click Update Now.
  3. Confirm the WHMCS version that you will update to.
  4. Click Download Database Backup to download a backup copy of your WHMCS installation:
    Download the database backup
  5. If you have customized any core files on your WHMCS installation, a list of those files will display. Copy these files and store them for later use.:
    The list of customized files
    • Updates will overwrite these files.
    • Do not make customizations to the default system theme or order form template files. Instead, make a copy to apply your customizations.
  6. Click Begin Update. The update process typically takes between 20 and 60 seconds.
    Beginning the update
    When the update finishes, you will see a success message.
    A successful update
    If a failure message appears, see Updating WHMCS.

Verifying the Upgrade

After the update finishes, check to ensure that WHMCS is working properly. We recommend testing all of the important features and functions in WHMCS, like logging in as a client and as an admin, viewing products, submitting support tickets, and placing new orders.

We also recommend monitoring the alert messages at Configuration () > System Health for the 24 hours following the update:

System Health

Last modified: June 7, 2024