Configuring cPanel automatic updates with WHM

Expertise level: Medium

You can configure the automatic updates through WHM:

  1. Log on to your WHM as root.
  2. Go to "Server Configuration" section.
  3. Click on "Update Preferences".
  4. You can configure the updates from this page.

cPanel & WHM Updates:

There are four kinds of releases available for cPanel and WHM (you can verify the version in the top right corner): 

  • STABLE: Tested and very stable release of cPanel updates. Select stable updates if you wish to take least risk on updation.
  • RELEASE: Release is newer to "stable" and will contains newer bug fixes and has undergone pre-release testing.
  • CURRENT: This is the newest release of cPanel software. It has undergone some tesing but no stability can be guaranteed.
  • EDGE: This is the newest release of cPanel software. It might not have undergone testing.

You can choose the type of daily update that you prefer:

  • Update cPanel & WHM daily
  • Do not update cPanel & WHM automatically
  • Never allow updates of cPanel & WHM

 To automate updates from the command line, use: 

/scripts/upcp —force

cPanel Package Updates:

You can select which associated softwares with cPanel should be updated while the update is running. You can configure updates for bandmin, courier, dovecot, exim, ftp, mysql, nds and python.

Operating System Package Updates:

You can choose to update the operating system packages.

SpamAssassin® Rules Updates:

You can choose to update the SpamAssassin filter rules.

Available statuses: 

  • Manual: You have to manually run the update. No softwares will be automatically updated.
  • Automatic: The Cpanel/WHM Softwares will be updated automatically based on your updates configuration.
  • Never:  Means that the update is disabled.

Check the relevant screen captures:



If you need to run the updates manually, please follow this procedure:

  1. Log on to your WHM as root.
  2. Go to "Software" section.
  3. Click on "Update Server Software."
  4. Click on the "proceed" button.
  5. Wait until the update is complete.
  6. Then go back to "Software" section.
  7. Click on "Update System Software".
  8. Click on the "proceed" button.

Refer to the screen capture:



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