Components Joomla Update

From Joomla! Documentation

This screen is accessed from the back-end Joomla! administrator panel. It is used to update Joomla! to the latest version.

How to Access[edit]

  • Select Components → Joomla! Update from the drop-down menu of the Joomla! Administrator Panel.


This screen allows Joomla! to be updated quickly without having to download any extra packages from the Joomla! website.



Update Screen when on the latest version.


The update screen when an update is available.

Column Headers[edit]

  • Installed Joomla! Version. The version of Joomla! currently installed.
  • Latest Joomla! Version. The latest version of Joomla! available
  • Update package URL. The URL to the update package ZIP file.
  • Installation method. (Write Files Directly/Write Files via FTP) Choose whether to write files directly or via the FTP (N.B. This requires the FTP section in Global Configuration to be filled in)


At the top right you will see the toolbar:


The functions are:

  • Options. Opens the Options window where settings such as default parameters or permissions can be edited.
  • Help. Opens this help screen.


Click the Options button to open the Joomla! Update Manager Options window which lets you configure this component.


Buttons Common to All Tabs[edit]

  • Save. Saves the update options and stays in the current screen.
  • Save & Close. Saves the update options and closes the current screen.
  • Cancel/Close. Closes the current screen and returns to the previous screen without saving any modifications you may have made.

Update Source[edit]

  • Update Source. (Long Term Support/Short Term Support/Testing/Custom URL/Currently Configured) This allows you to choose the update source for Joomla.
    • Long Term Support: is the recommended setting to stay on the latest release (2.5.x currently - and when 3.5.x comes out it will become this).
    • Short Term Support: is selected to update to the latest Short term release (3.x).
    • Testing: is used for testing Joomla releases prior to their release as 'Stable'. It is recommended not to use on Production sites. It is the setting to use on test sites only.
  • Custom URL. Allows a custom URL to be set for the Joomla! Update server if selected above.

Permissions Tab[edit]

This screen allows you to set the component permissions in Joomla. This is important to consider if you have sites with many different user categories all of whom need to have different accessibilities to the component. The screenshot below describes what you should see and the text below that describes what each permission level gives the user access to:


You work on one Group at a time by opening the slider for that group. You change the permissions in the Select New Settings drop-down list boxes. The options for each value are Inherited, Allowed, or Denied. The Calculated Setting column shows you the setting in effect. It is either Not Allowed (the default), Allowed, or Denied. Note that the Calculated Setting column is not updated until you press the Save button in the toolbar. To check that the settings are what you want, press the Save button and check the Calculated Settings column.

The default values used here are the ones set in the Global Configuration Permissions Tab

Open the update component option screens (the modal window these options are in)
Access Administration Interface
Open the update component manger screens
Delete existing updates in the component
Edit State
Change an updates state (Publish, Unpublish, Archive, and Trash) in the component.

There are two very important points to understand from this screen. The first is to see how the permissions can be inherited from the parent Group. The second is to see how you can control the default permissions by Group and by Action. This provides a lot of flexibility. For example, if you wanted Shop Suppliers to be able to have the ability to create an article about their product, you could just change their Create value to "Allowed". If you wanted to not allow members of Administrator group to delete objects or change their state, you would change their permissions in these columns to Inherited (or Denied). It is also important to understand that the ability to have child groups is completely optional. It allows you to save some time when setting up new groups. However, if you like, you can set up all groups to have Public as the parent and not inherit any permissions from a parent group.

Quick Tips[edit]