How to Fix the Error “Another Update in Progress” in WordPress



Do you get the error “Another update currently in progress” on your WordPress website? This error can prevent you from updating WordPress. Usually, it should go away automatically after some time. If it doesn’t, there is an easy fix for that. This article will show you how to fix the error “Another update currently in process” in WordPress.

What is the reason for the error “Another Update in Progress”?

This message usually appears when a core WordPress update runs in the background, and you have initialized a second update process.

Picture: Error Message: Another update is currently in process
WordPress will show you this error message: Another update is currently in progress.
During the core update process, WordPress automatically sets a value into the database that locks further updates. This database option prevents you from running simultaneous updates on your website.

This message is set to automatically disappear after 15 minutes or when the update process has finished. However, if you are stuck on that message or don’t want to wait, you can manually reset it. Now let’s take a closer look at fixing the “Another update currently in progress” error in WordPress.

Fixing the Error “Another Update in Progress”:

To quickly get rid of the message “Another update currently in progress,” you need to delete the core_updater.lock option from your WordPress database. We will show you how to do that using two different methods. You can choose the one that works best for you.

Method 1: Removal of the Error with the Help of a Plugin

1. The first thing you need to do is install and activate the plugin Fix Another Update In Progress.

2. After activation, you have to open the sidebar menu and go to Settings, then click  on the “Repair another update in progress” tab in the menu. If updates are blocked on your site, this message will appear:

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This is the message that the plugin “Fix another update in progress” will give you before fixing the error.

Use the button to fix the existing problem:

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This is the message that the plugin “Fix another update in progress” will give you after fixing the error.

Now, You can go back to your dashboard and continue as usual.

Method 2. Fix the Error Message Manually

This method requires you to use phpMyAdmin or Adminer to run a query in your WordPress database directly. In both applications, whether “phpMyAdmin” or “Adminer,” the same steps, which we will explain in a moment, are required. Depending on the application, there may be graphical differences in the user interface.

1. The first step is to start phpMyAdmin. You can usually find it in your cPanel account under the databases section. If your web host doesn’t use cPanel, look for the phpMyAdmin or Adminer database management tool in your Webhosting account.

Picture: Click on the phpMyAdmin tab
Click on the “phpMyAdmin” tab.

2. Then select your WordPress database in phpMyAdmin. This step will present all the tables inside your WordPress database to you. Click on the Browse button next to the WordPress options table wp_options.

Picture: Here you can find the table wp_options on phpMyAdmin
That’s where you can find the table wp_options on phpMyAdmin.

3. This search will show you all the rows inside the options table. You need to find the line with the option name core_updater.lock and click on the Delete button. PhpMyAdmin will then delete the row from your WordPress database.

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Delete the “core_updater.lock” row

4. Now, you can switch back to your WordPress website and proceed with updating your WordPress website without getting that initial error “Another update in process” any longer.

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