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

Do you want to fix “another update is currently in progress” error?

This error prevents you from updating WordPress. Normally, this should disappear automatically. But if not, you will have to fix it manually.

In this article, we will show you how to fix “another update is currently in progress” error in WordPress step by step.

How to fix the error

Why does the error “Another update is currently in progress” occur?

This message usually appears when a major WordPress updater is running in the background and a user tries to start another update process.

During the core update process, WordPress automatically sets an update lock on your WordPress database. This database lock prevents you from running concurrent updates on your website, which could cause WordPress errors or destroy important data.

Another update error in progress

This message is set to automatically disappear in 15 minutes or when the update process is complete. However, if you are stuck on this message, you will have to delete it manually.

That said, let’s take a look at how you can fix the “another update is currently in progress” error in WordPress.

Fixing “Another Update in Progress” Error in WordPress

When you encounter another update in progress error, you should delete the ‘core_updater.lock’ file from your WordPress database. The easiest way to do this is to use phpMyAdmin.

To note: Before making any changes to your database or WordPress theme files, it is a good idea to create a full backup of the website. To learn more, see our guide to backing up your WordPress site.

First, you need to login to the cPanel dashboard of your WordPress hosting account. We use Bluehost, so your screen might look a little different if you’re using a different hosting company.

From your Bluehost dashboard, you will need to click on the Advanced tab on the left. Next, navigate to the ‘Databases’ section and click on the ‘phpMyAdmin’ icon. If you don’t see a phpMyAdmin option in your hosting dashboard, you should contact your host’s support for assistance.

Open phpMyAdmin from CPanel

This will launch the phpMyAdmin application, where you will need to select your WordPress database. Once you click on your database it will show all the tables inside the database.

Next, you need to click on the “Browse” button next to the WordPress options tables (wp_options).

Select database and wp options

This brings up all rows inside the options table.

You need to find the line with the option name ‘core_updater.lock’ and click on the delete button next to it.

Click on wp-options in phpMyAdmin

Now phpMyAdmin will automatically remove the row from your database.

When you return to your WordPress website, the other update in progress error will be gone and you can continue updating your site.

If you still see other errors, you can check out our beginner’s guide to troubleshooting WordPress errors for more help.

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