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The CLI update notification and automatic update script

Note: This feature is only available in the Professional release.

Configuring the update script

  • Step 1: You go to the component’s main (control panel) page and click on the Options button.
  • Step 2:  On the new page, click on the Live Update tab. You have the following options:
  1. Download ID.
  2. Auto-update CLI settings.
  3. Notification frequency
  4. Notification time
  5. Email for update notifications.

Creating a CRON job for the update script

You can only use this feature if you have access to the command-line version of PHP. In order to schedule an automatic update, you will have to use the following command line to your host’s CRON interface: /usr/local/bin/php /home/USER/webroot/cli/akeeba-update.php

Setting up a CRON job on cPanel

  • Step 1: You go to your cPanel main page and choose the CRON Jobs icon from the Advanced pane. In the Add New CRON Job box on the page which loads, enter the following information:
  1. Common SettingsChoose the frequency of your backup, for example once per day.
  2. CommandEnter your backup command.
  • Step 2: You click the Add New Cron Job button to activate the CRON job.

Special considerations for HostGator

The location of the PHP CLI binary is /usr/bin/php-cli. This means that your CRON command line should look like:

/opt/php53/bin/php /home/myusername/public_html/cli/akeeba-update.php

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