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In WordPress 3.7, there’s a new and interesting feature which allow your blog to automatically upgrade when a new version is available. I think it’s really cool, but if you don’t like it for some reason, here’s a quick recipe to turn it off.

To disable automatic updates, open your wp-config.php file and paste the following line in it:


Once you saved the file, automatic updates will be turned off and you’ll have to manually upgrade your blog again.



  1. Please do not use AUTOMATIC_UPDATER_DISABLED to block core updates.
    You’ll also be blocking a lot of other functionality. You won’t get translation updates (language packs) for core, themes, and plugins. You won’t receive update notifications sent via email to alert you of new WordPress releases. It also disables all opportunity for fine-grained control.

    If you want to disable the auto-update of core use define( ‘WP_AUTO_UPDATE_CORE’, false )

    I also suggest to read this post here: http://make.wordpress.org/core/2013/10/25/the-definitive-guide-to-disabling-auto-updates-in-wordpress-3-7/

  2. Great tip, I’ve been looking for this. Saved me a lot of time 🙂 Thank you.

  3. Thanks for this article.
    I have been looking for a way to disable the automatic updates for a long time. Thanks for sharing the code with us. 🙂

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