There are specific plugins that I want to use my own repo for for updating my sites. How can I identify the plugin to target and what server they should be looking at?


this can be done with the filter plugins_api :

try this code :

add_filter("plugins_api", function ($plugins_api, $action, $args) {

    if ("plugin_information" !== $action) {
        return $plugins_api;

    $pluginSlug = $args->slug;

    if (... update available ...) {

        $plugins_api = new \stdClass();
        $plugins_api->name = $pluginSlug;
        $plugins_api->version = "5"; // new version
        $plugins_api->download_link = "https://server/directory/newVersion.zip";

        $plugins_api->slug = $pluginSlug;
        $plugins_api->sections = []; // sections of "view details" of update page when update is available


    return $plugins_api;

}, 10, 3);
  • Is specifying a version necessary and the "slug" is that the plugin's handle that needs to be updated? And do you have an example of specifying if the update is available? – Tanner Aug 9 '18 at 2:52
  • Maybe I should specify - I'm trying to change the location of the update for an already existing plugin. I think the code and below's answer are for my own plugins. – Tanner Aug 9 '18 at 5:47

There is also this solution, which is a bit more work to set up, but allows you to get updates from your own GitHub or private repository. I use it for my own private plugin that contains my personal settings for all web sites I develop.


  • Is there a way to use this outside of a plugin or theme's folder? I tried this in functions.php but it crashes require '../../plugins/plugin-update-checker/plugin-update-checker.php'; – Tanner Aug 9 '18 at 2:54
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    You have to adjust that require for the location of the functions.php. The process is built for a theme/plugin to look for updates in a non-WP repository; perhaps your own Github repository, or a spot on your domain. And the zip has to contain a folder that is the same name as the theme/plugin, then the plugin/theme files are in that subfolder. Carefully read/follow the instructions; it can be a bit tricky. – Rick Hellewell Aug 9 '18 at 4:15

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