apply_filters( "auto_update_{$type}", bool|null $update, object $item )

Filters whether to automatically update core, a plugin, a theme, or a language.


The dynamic portion of the hook name, $type, refers to the type of update being checked. Potential hook names include:

  • auto_update_core
  • auto_update_plugin
  • auto_update_theme
  • auto_update_translation

Generally speaking, plugins, themes, and major core versions are not updated by default, while translations and minor and development versions for core are updated by default.

See the ‘allow_dev_auto_core_updates’, ‘allow_minor_auto_core_updates’, and ‘allow_major_auto_core_updates’ filters for a more straightforward way to adjust core updates.



(bool|null) Whether to update. The value of null is internally used to detect whether nothing has hooked into this filter.


(object) The update offer.


File: wp-admin/includes/class-wp-automatic-updater.php

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Version Description
5.5.0 The $update parameter accepts the value of null.
3.7.0 Introduced.

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