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How To Keep Your Virtualmin Server Up-To-Date

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Keeping your server up-to-date can be a crucial part of ensuring that you have access to the most recent software updates and security patches. Typically in a Linux server environment, you’d use your distro’s package manager via the Linux shell (command line) interface to execute updates. However, with Virtualmin, you can keep your server up to date by using the built in update function all through the comfort of the amazing Virtualmin GUI.

The focus of this article is to show you how to utilize the Virtualmin update function to keep your Virtualmin installation up to date. This article implies that you have already installed Virtualmin, if you have not done so yet please take a look at the following article: How to install Virtualmin (CentOS 7).

For the purpose of this guide we will only be updating Virtualmin related packages. If you’d like to learn how to keep all of the packages up to date on your server using the Virtualmin update module, please refer to the following guide: How to update all installed packages using Virtualmin. As per usual, you’ll first need to login to your Virtualmin panel before we proceed further. If you’re not certain how to do this or perhaps you have slept since the last time you logged in, please refer to the following article: How to login to Webmin. Once you have logged in and you’re ready to proceed please refer to the following steps.


  1. Click on the Webmin section
  2. Select System
  3. Click on the Virtualmin Package Updates module


Showing where to find the Virtualmin's Package Updates


  1. You should now see the Virtualmin Package Updates module interface which should look similar to the following


Showing the Virtualmin Package Updates module interface


  1. It is important to point out that there are 4 different States to display
    1. Everything – Shows all Virtualmin packages on your system
    2. Only updates – Displays only Virtualmin packages that need to be updated
    3. Only new – Displays new Virtualmin packages
    4. Updates and new – Displays both new Virtualmin packages and packages that need to be updated
  2. To ensure that you see both new and packages that need to be updated please select Updates and new
  3. Under Packages to show please select Only Virtualmin related
  4. Select the packages that you’d like to update you can also use the select all button
  5. When you’re satisfied with your selections click the Update Selected Packages button


Showing where to update the packages you want in Virturalmin


Once the update process is complete all of the packages that you marked for for update should now be up to date.


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