DirectAdmin update channels are software release streams allowing DirectAdmin users to select how often they want to receive software updates.
There four update channels:
current- default update channel used by new DA installations.
stable- update channel that delays all the releases compared to
currentupdate channel, some minor versions are skipped entirely.
beta- update channel also known as pre-releases or release candidates (RC). This channel receives same updates as
currentchannel but a bit earlier.
alpha- bleeding edge code usually contains not yet finished features, this update channels can receive bug-fixes almost immediately after they are pushed.
Update channel that is being followed are stored in the main
directadmin.conf file with key
update_channel. It can be checked with:
$ /usr/local/directadmin/directadmin c | grep update_channel update_channel=alpha
And changed with:
/usr/local/directadmin/directadmin set update_channel current
There are few ways of doing automated DirectAdmin updates which are disabled by default.
CustomBuild can be set to cron auto update the services, and if you also use da_autoupdate=yes, CB will do it for you. However, automated CB updates aren't always recommended.
A simple cronjob that runs this command is likely safer, if you only want DA to be auto-updated:
echo "action=update&value=program" >> /usr/local/directadmin/data/task.queue
Each night that the update is rejected, you'll get a note in your
Note: Pre-release and regular updates do not issue full config rewrites. If you need a template change, you must issue a full rewrite to get it:
Manual update can be triggered by a helper script
getDA.sh. Script usage is straightforward:
$ /usr/local/directadmin/scripts/getDA.sh Usage: /usr/local/directadmin/scripts/getDA.sh alpha /usr/local/directadmin/scripts/getDA.sh beta /usr/local/directadmin/scripts/getDA.sh current /usr/local/directadmin/scripts/getDA.sh stable /usr/local/directadmin/scripts/getDA.sh [commit-hash]
For example to manually update DA to latest release in the current update channel use:
Please note that this is a manual update process, it will not start following new upate channel after update. An update from the dashboard will switch back to the latest release from the configured update channel.
How to check latest available DirectAdmin version
In an attempt to be more efficient at allowing all DA boxes to know which version is the most recent, we've added a new TXT records for each update channel:
Example of checking current versions using
$ dig +short -t txt alpha-version.directadmin.com beta-version.directadmin.com current-version.directadmin.com stable-version.directadmin.com "v=1.63.2&commit=00112233445566778899aabbccddeeff00000000" "v=1.63.1&commit=aa112233445566778899aabbccddeeff00000000" "v=1.63.1&commit=aa112233445566778899aabbccddeeff00000000" "v=1.63.0&commit=ff112233445566778899aabbccddeeff00000000"
Extracting just the version string:
$ dig +short -t txt current-version.directadmin.com | sed 's|.*v=\([0-9.]*\).*|\1|' 1.63.1