I use the new WordPress built-in auto-update feature for plugins. I want to update my plugins as soon as there is a new release but today i checked my websites ond most of the plugins have the notice "Automatic update scheduled in 2 days". Is it possible to change the WordPress built in auto-update schedule or where is this option set?


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I have not found a way to change the frequency that is why I use WP-CLI for updating WordPress, plugins, themes and language files. Anyway I prefer to do it scheduled on a defined time e.g. nightly.

With a Cronjob you can execute as many times a day you want. I use this commands:

cd /folderToWordpressInstallation 
    && wp core update && wp plugin update --all 
    && wp theme update --all 
    && wp language core update 
    && wp language plugin update --all 
    && wp language theme update --all

wp command must be available on your web hosting. It can be downloaded here https://wp-cli.org/. Either use /path/wp or add path to wp command to your PATH variable within hosting environment. Then path prefix is not needed.

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    Thank you for Feedback. Now it is better formatted. I wrote also commands. Because with && multiple commands are concatenated to execute updates for WordPress itself, plugins, themes and so on.
    – HFranz
    Commented Dec 21, 2021 at 11:50
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    Just the obligatory - "be careful with these commands" as they will include major, minor and patch releases. Generally it's best to test anything that's not just a patch update before release.
    – Bysander
    Commented Dec 21, 2021 at 17:02
  • Oh yes, if you like to update only to minor versions, use --minor parameter for wp core update command
    – HFranz
    Commented Dec 22, 2021 at 20:03

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