WordPress - Allow Automatic Security Updates With SSH Credentials
If you want to allow WordPress to be able to install updates over SSH, you can tell it the details to utilize by editing your configuration file, which this tutorial will show you how to do.
wp-config.php file and add the following settings:
// SFTP (SSH) details for automatic updates define( 'FS_METHOD', 'ssh2' ); # Specify path to where WordPress was installed. define( 'FTP_BASE', '/var/www/wordpress/public_html' ); # Specify SSH username and password define( 'FTP_USER', 'sshUsernameHere' ); define( 'FTP_PASS', 'sshPasswordHere' ); # Specify the SSH host. You almost always don't want to change this value. define( 'FTP_HOST', '127.0.0.1:22' );
The above will require one to have installed PHP with the SSH extension, which you may or may not have to do through PECL. If you do not wish to have to install the libssh extension, then you can work around this by installing the SFTP plugin.
Using SSH Keys
In theory, one should also be able to specify the path to the public/private SSH keys used to access the server, instead of using passwords like so:
define( 'FTP_PUBKEY', '/home/user/.ssh/id_rsa.pub' ); define( 'FTP_PRIKEY', '/home/user/.ssh/id_rsa' );
However, I didn't have any luck with this for some reason.
- WordPress Stack Exchange - enable SFTP via SSH keys in wordpress
- serverstack.com - Automatic WordPress Updates Using FTP/FTPS or SSH
First published: 22nd August 2019