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Is there a way to update Wordpress without the use of FTP, but with SFTP (which uses SSH)? I've only got my server set up for SSH access (and therefore SCP/SFTP).

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Configuration instructions in Codex on Enabling SSH Upgrade Access recommend either:

  1. Using SSH SFTP Updater Support plugin from official repository.
  2. Using built–in SSH2 support, which requires the PECL SSH2 extension installed on the server.

It used to refer to this tutorial: Using SSH to Install/Upgrade in before, which might be of use.

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  • More recently, the SSH SFTP updater appears to be abandoned and no longer supported (last update is more than two years ago). Are there any other options? Jun 16 '17 at 17:35
  • @CharlesTryon, the SSH SFTP Updater Support plugin does not seem to be abandoned; as of this writing the last update was 2 months ago according to the wordpress plugin repo. I've also recently used the plugin and can report that it is indeed working.
    – kjones
    Jan 26 '18 at 16:31
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I was able to do it quite easily with this plugin:

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/ssh-sftp-updater-support/

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