Automaticly upgrade your local WordPress installation

This will only work with Mac OS X and Apache.

I have many WordPress installations locally. All of which grows outdated as time flies by. Normally I don’t worry about it since the live version is easily upgraded with WordPress automatic upgrade. But as of lately, I want to do this locally. But when I try to, WordPress asks for FTP-credentials.

So here is how you can bypass it.

First of all, add the following lines to your wp-config.php

define('FS_METHOD', 'direct');
define('WP_TEMP_DIR', ABSPATH.'wp-content/tmp');

Create a folder called tmp in your wp-content folder and make both of them writable.

Now, whenever you want to do an upgrade do the following steps:

  • Fire up Terminal and browse to your WordPress folder
  • Change ownership of the WordPress files to your Apache user. By default your user is called _www, as well as your group.
    sudo chown -R apacheuser:apachegroup .
  • Do the automatic upgrade!
  • When you are finished revert the ownership back to yourself
    sudo chown -R yourmacuser .

I have seen other blog posts about this, but all of them involved changing a lot of file permissions, which I didn’t feel comfortable with. So I follow these steps every upgrade and it works pretty well!


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One comment on “Automaticly upgrade your local WordPress installation
  1. vlad says:

    Downloading update from…

    Unpacking the update…

    Could not create directory.: /Applications/XAMPP/xamppfiles/htdocs/wordpress/wp-content/upgrade/wordpress-3.tmp

    Installation Failed

    this is what i get

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