You can enable automatic update checks so that your GitHub Enterprise instance checks for and downloads the latest GitHub Enterprise release.

Automatic update check screen

When an upgrade package is automatically downloaded for your GitHub Enterprise instance, you'll receive a message letting you know you can upgrade GitHub Enterprise. Packages download to the /var/lib/ghe-updates directory on your GitHub Enterprise appliance. For more information, see "Upgrading GitHub Enterprise."

If a hotpatch is available for an upgrade, the .hpkg will download automatically. In the management console you can choose to install the hotpatch immediately or schedule installation for a later time. For more information, see "Upgrading a single appliance using a hotpatch."

Tip: To enable automatic update checks, your GitHub Enterprise instance must be able to connect to

  1. Access the Management Console.

  2. At the top of the Management Console, click Updates. Updates menu item

  3. Click Yes, automatically check for updates. Button for enabling automatic updates

To see if your instance is up-to-date, check the banner on your GitHub Enterprise instance.

Banner indicating your release of GitHub Enterprise

Under Logs, you can see the status of the most recent update check:

Logs for update