Checks Foswiki.org for updates
This plugin is used to keep administrators
of updates to their installed extensions via a pop-up message at the top of the
Users can choose to either perform the update immediately using the
tool, or delay it until later.
Click below button to force checking foswiki.org for extension updates. A message will be displayed
at the top of the page. Normally it is displayed only when updates are required, but clicking this button will always display the banner.
Note: The search for updates can take a while, depending upon the responsiveness of Foswiki.org. Please be patient.
Search for updates
The upgrade decision is stored locally, so that the plugin will only check for
updates again when this cookie expires (in 7 days).
You do not need to install anything in the browser to use this extension. The following instructions are for the administrator who installs the extension on the server.
Open configure, and open the "Extensions" section. "Extensions Operation and Maintenance" Tab -> "Install, Update or Remove extensions" Tab. Click the "Search for Extensions" button.
Enter part of the extension name or description and press search. Select the desired extension(s) and click install. If an extension is already installed, it will not
show up in the
You can also install from the shell by running the extension installer as the web server user: (Be sure to run as the webserver user, not as root!)
perl tools/extension_installer <NameOfExtension> install
If you have any problems, or if the extension isn't available in
, then you can still install manually from the command-line. See https://foswiki.org/Support/ManuallyInstallingExtensions
for more help.
The plugin sends update status requests to the repository server to retrieve
the current release information for extensions. If these update status requests
are proxied via the local server (the default) then the current status of
extensions retrieved from the repository is cached in the
working/work_areas/UpdatesPlugin directory for 24 hours (default) before being
retrieved again. You can safely clear the cache at any time by deleting all
files in this directory.
The plugin defines a REST handler for handling proxy requests. The 'rest'
script must be removed from the
configuration for this to work.
If you are using private extensions on your wiki server that are not available
as Open Source on foswiki.org then use the
to prevent disclosing them to the outside world.
This plugin was initially developed during a collaborative design and coding session at the 2011 Foswiki Camp.