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Add-on Install & Upgrade 1.3.3

Ultimate tool to Install or Upgrade Add-ons from Zip files, direct from the RM and much MORE!

  1. Chris D
    Compatible XF Versions:
    • 1.2
    • 1.3
    • 1.4
    • 1.5
    Additional Requirements:
    ZipArchive PHP extension, write permission to the server file system or FTP access
    MIT license
    Visible Branding:
    This add-on is not affiliated with XenForo Ltd.


    Add-on Install & Upgrade is an invaluable tool for Admins as it aims to make every aspect of add-on management as easy as possible. This includes installation by ZIP files, installation direct from the XenForo Community Resource Manager or the manual upload and XML import method.

    Files can either be deployed by copying the files across the file system or copying using an FTP client built into the add-on.

    Install / Upgrade Add-Ons

    There are essentially two methods available to you when installing or upgrading add-ons. One of the easiest ways is to install by providing a link from the Resources section here. You just need to provide your XenForo Community login details and a Resource link. It is optional to save your XF Community Login details, but this is actually not recommended as they will be stored in plain text. Logging into the XF Community remotely in this way is not supported if you exclusively sign in using an external account (e.g. Facebook) or if you have 2FA enabled.


    By default, when you continue, the add-on is merely added to the current batch, and it will not be installed until you check "Confirm & start installing".

    This means that you can now install multiple add-ons from RM URLs


    You can of course also install or upgrade by browsing your computer for files, or specifying the path to a file on the server. This supports both ZIP and XML files. If you provide an XML file, you may need to upload any associated files manually.

    Once you have added all the add-ons, be that ZIP or XML files on your computer or the server, or Resource Manager URLs, you can check the checkbox and click the "Start Install & Upgrade" button.

    Regardless of how many add-ons you have provided, you will only experience a single cache rebuild step. Afterwards, you get a summary of the add-ons which have been installed successfully.

    Install Log

    A log is also provided which lets you track which add-ons have been installed or upgraded and who performed the install or upgrade:


    Update Checker


    If you install an add-on using the Resource Manager URL it will be automatically checked for updates.

    Alternatively, you can configure the updates for each add-on manually.


    An add-on is checked for updates by checking the version number of the released resource compared to the version string of your add-on.

    If there is an update available you will see an Upgrade link, and clicking the Check For Update icon will open the details of the update:


    Sometimes, an update isn't required. You may wish to skip an update completely or maybe the add-on developer didn't update the XML file with the latest version.

    Therefore, you can Ignore an update completely. This will skip the update until the next time the version number in the RM changes.

    If there are updates available, it is discreetly marked in the Navigation menu:


    Known Issues

    Please be aware of these known issues:
    • Some server configurations may not support Add-on Install & Upgrade
    • If you get permissions errors, please contact your host or server person.
    • The general problem is usually the user which your web server runs as doesn't have permission on the file system to copy, delete or create files.
    • A solution for this is completely beyond the scope of any developer. A server configuration change is required.
    • If you receive an error relating to the ZipArchive class, this means your PHP wasn't compiled with this (pretty standard) feature. Consult your host or server person.

    • If you've only ever registered using Facebook then your account actually doesn't have a password at all. To use this feature go and set a password in your Account settings. Once you've done that you can log in with a password. Facebook login will still work too. Just not with my add on (it wouldn't be possible).
    • If you have Two Step Verification enabled on your XenForo Community account, you will not be able to install add-ons via the RM.
    1. Download the zip file.
    2. Extract its contents to your hard drive.
    3. Upload the contents of the upload folder to the root of your XenForo installation.
    4. Complete install via the Admin CP using the provided XML file.

Recent Reviews

  1. adwade
    Version: 1.2.2
    This is a TREMENDOUS add-on, which will save you time & effort!

    I love the flexibility in choosing how to install an add-on, and the built-in version checker for all your add-ons! That feature in itself, saves you a lot of time in running down what version you have installed vs. what is the latest version that's available.

    The only issues I encountered in using it, were: 1)attempting to Upgrade other add-ons which were marked as 'Download Now via External Site,' in which case it could not resolve the ZIP file and threw several errors and, 2)some add-ons (i.e. those w/o an 'upload' directory) would get written to the server in the wrong directories. So if you see some new stray/duplicate directories on your server that just don't seem to belong there…they probably don't.

    Again one other thing, that makes this such a handy add-on, is the ability to check the versions of all your various add-ons. That feature alone, makes this a desirable add-on in that it helps you to keep your add-ons up to date!
  2. Dadparvar
    Version: 1.2.2
    Exactly what I needed. Saved lots of time checking for updates and helped me to have better and more neat watched resources list. Thanks Chris.
  3. Mark87
    Version: 1.1.3
    Sure helped me get things done... would have been five stars but ran into a couple add on's this would not work with. But other then then that perfect for newbies like me who hate FTP. Hats off !!
  4. Jeffin
    Version: 1.1.3
    Wow. I never new this add-on had so much to it. I love the fact that it checks for upgrades without requiring me to follow every add-on I have installed. A huge time saver. Thanks.
  5. Fiala06
    Version: 1.1.3
    New user to xenforo and this is perfect! It was getting old having to ftp into my webserver each time there was an update. Installed this addon this morning, updated 3 plugins, went though without a hiccup!
  6. sambish20
    Version: 1.1.3
    Amazing add-on! One of the best I've ever installed. Extremely useful, and should certainly be part of the core xenForo package. Keep up the good work! :)
  7. Shiro
    Version: 1.1.2
    I love this add-on. This allows for the easy installation and upgrading of other add-ons (and itself) without having to FTP or SSH into your server - it will even download the addons for you if you supply it with your Xenforo credentials... and best of all, it's free!
  8. Enguerran A
    Enguerran A
    Version: 1.1.2
    In my opinion one of the best addon available on xenforo. It allows me to save so much of my time without having to go to the RM checking for updates ! In addition, this addon is easy to use, easy to understand, truly a must have !
  9. drastic
    Version: 1.1.1
    so good that it should be a core item! this is the most useful resource you will find for xenforo, as it makes installing addons so easy a caveman could do it. This should be the first addon that you install, which makes other addons that much easier to install. Get it and donate a few bucks!
  10. eberkund
    Version: 1.1.0
    Excellent add-on which has saved me tons of time. This should be part of the core :)