Although WHM will normally automatically keep itself up to date, you may want to manually check for server updates / push through an update that is pending, or it may be that you have automatic updates switched off on your cPanel server.
In this guide we will show you how to update your cPanel server to the latest version.
Note: Depending on what is being updated during this process, some services may be temporarily unavailable (such as Apache), which can cause intermittent down time during the update. It is normally advisable to perform this out of normal hours, or at a time that will cause least disruption to the websites hosted on the server.
Updating your cPanel server to the latest version:
Firstly, log into your server / WHM account. If you are unsure on how to do this, please view the following help article – ‘How to log into WHM‘
Once logged in, from your WHM home screen type in ‘Upgrade to Latest Version‘ within the search box, located in the top left of your WHM area, then click on ‘Upgrade to Latest Version‘
Alternatively if WHM has already detected a new version available, you may see a yellow notice in the top right corner of your WHM area stating “Version “…” is available. Clicking on the ‘Update Now‘ button will also take you to the Upgrade to Latest Version page.
On the Upgrade to Latest Version page click on the ‘Click to Upgrade‘ button to begin the update.
WHM will then initiate the update, and show you the overall process bar, along with the log output as to what is currently being processed.
If any errors are encountered during this process they will be listed within the output log on this page.
Once the progress bar reaches 100%, itself and the log output will turn green to show that the process has completed.
WHM will also note underneath the progress bar: ‘Upgrade Complete’.
If you then go back to your main WHM page, you will see the updated version number in the top right corner of the page.
Sometimes, if the update was a major release, or included a significant patch such as a server Kernel update, you may also be prompted to restart the server to complete the update. If this is the case, you will see a yellow prompt in the top right of the page advising you to restart the server. If you are unsure on how to do this please see our guide for How to reboot your cPanel server.