Auto update your instance with cron

Auto update your instance with cron

This guide will help you to setup a cron job to automatically update your instance for minor and security updates. It will check periodically if a new minor or security release is available and if so, it will update your instance.

Thanks to DansNewLegs (opens in a new tab) for putting this guide together.


Create the auto-update script

Create a new script file in a new runtipi/scripts folder called and paste the following code:

#!/usr/bin/env bash
# Function to compare semantic versions
compare_major_version() {
    local major_version1=$(echo $1 | cut -d. -f1)
    local major_version2=$(echo $2 | cut -d. -f1)
    if [[ "$major_version1" == "$major_version2" ]]; then
        return 0
        return 1
# Get Current Version of Runtipi
runtipi_path=/path/to/runtipi # Change this to the path of your runtipi installation.
current_version=$(cat $runtipi_path/VERSION)
# Get the latest release information from GitHub API
latest_release=$(curl -L \
  -H "Accept: application/vnd.github+json" \
  -H "X-GitHub-Api-Version: 2022-11-28" \
# Extract the tag name from the release information
tag_name=$(echo "$latest_release" | grep -o '"tag_name": "[^"]*' | cut -d'"' -f4)
# Compare major version numbers
compare_major_version "$tag_name" "$current_version"
# Check if major versions are the same and if the latest release is newer than the current version
if [[ $major_version_match -eq 0 ]] && [[ "$tag_name" > "$current_version" ]]; then
    echo "A new release is available: $tag_name"
    cd $runtipi_path
    echo "Backing up current version"
    if [ ! -d "$runtipi_path/backups" ]; then
        mkdir -p $runtipi_path/backups
    tar -czvf runtipi-backup-$current_version.tar.gz --exclude=media --exclude=backups *
    mv runtipi-backup-$current_version.tar.gz $runtipi_path/backups
    echo "Starting update"
    $runtipi_path/runtipi-cli update latest
    echo "No new release found or major version mismatch"

This script will check if a new release is available and if so, it will backup your current installation and update to the latest release.


Make sure to change the runtipi_path variable to the path of your runtipi installation.

Make the script executable

Make the script executable by running the following command:

chmod +x ./

Create a cron job

Open your crontab file by running the following command:

sudo crontab -e

Add a new line at the bottom of the file with the following content:

0 4 * * * /path/to/runtipi/scripts/

Or if you want to log the output of the script to a file for debugging purposes:

0 4 * * * /path/to/runtipi/scripts/ >> /path/to/runtipi/scripts/auto-update.log 2>&1

This will run the script every day at 4am. You can change the time to your liking. Crontab Guru (opens in a new tab) is a great tool to help you with creating cron jobs.