Single Click Plugin Updater WordPress Plugin

This plugin extends the plugin update notification feature introduced in WordPress 2.3 by adding an “update automatically” link to update notifications. When you click the link, the new version of the corresponding plugin is downloaded and installed automatically. It also lets you know which plugins have update notifications enabled.
Update 06.04.2008 : Version 2.0.1 with much more features is out. More info here.

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How It Works (In Detail)

To be able to display the new link this plugin will hide the original update notification and display a slightly modified one. Here’s what happens when you click the “update automatically” link :

  1. If the plugin that needs to be updated is active, it is deactivated.
  2. The Plugin Updater retrieves the plugin’s page from and finds the download link.
  3. The new version is downloaded and extracted to the wp-content/plugins directory (this directory must be writable by the Updater plugin).
  4. If necessary, the updated plugin is re-activated.

All this happens in the background, so if everything works OK you’ll end up back at the “Plugins” tab. If there are any errors the plugin will display an error message and abort the upgrade.


  • WordPress 2.3 or newer.
  • CURL library installed or allow_url_fopen enabled in php.ini. If you don’t know what that means, don’t worry – at least one of these is available on most webservers by default.
  • The /plugins directory must be writable by WordPress. The exact file permissions depend on the server configuration. Read more about file permissions. 666 or 755 may be sufficient, and 777 will always work, though this is not recommended due to security risks.

The plugin has been tested and works under Firefox 2.x, Opera 9.x and, as of version 1.0.5, Internet Explorer.


To install the plugin, please follow these steps:

  • Download the file (below) to your computer.
  • Unzip the file.
  • Upload “one-click-plugin-updater” folder to the “/wp-content/plugins/” directory.
  • Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.

That’s it.

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534 Responses to “Single Click Plugin Updater WordPress Plugin”

  1. Cristhian says:

    This is a very good plugin! Thanks you very much 😉

  2. Cristhian says:

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