Avada Patcher

19/08/2020

The Avada Patcher tool has been around for quite a while now (it was initially released back in Avada 4.0). This innovative tool allows our development team to deploy fixes and improvements without the need for our team to prepare and release a full Avada update.

As of Avada 5.1, the Patcher functionality was expanded to include patch application for the Avada Builder and Avada Core plugins, in addition to Avada itself. All patches are applied at the click of a button, sequentially, without the need for the user to manually apply the patch on the web server.

Please Note: In the essence of good installation management and maintenance, it is good practice to ensure all current patches are applied as, and when, they are released.
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How To Find And Apply Available Patches

Step 1 – When patches are available, you will see notifications in several places, including under the Avada and Patcher links on the WordPress sidebar, and a small asterisk on the Maintenance link. You can get to the Patcher from Avada > Patcher on the WordPress Sidebar or Maintenance > Patcher from the Avada Dashboard.

Step 2 – Here you will find any available patches. All available patches for Avada, Avada Builder and Avada Core will be listed and have a patch number, a tag for the product it’s for, a description, and a status stating whether it has been applied or not.

Step 3 – Click the Apply Patch button, starting at the top (patches should be applied sequentially). All necessary changes will be automatically applied to the necessary files for you.

Step 4 – Once the patch is applied, you will see a green check mark in the Status column that confirms the patch was applied.

Avada Dashboard - Patcher

If Patches Cannot Be Applied Automatically

Sometimes server setups are very particular about file/folder permissions and do not allow files to be automatically written to them. In these cases, applying an automatic patch will not work. If your server doesn’t allow the patches to be applied automatically through the Avada Patcher, you can download the patch files and manually apply the fix with FTP access. The reasons why this might happen are listed below, please contact your host and give them these details and ask them to change it for you:

  • Theme & plugins should be owned by the web server user (usually www-data)

  • Files & folders should have the right permissions. You can find more details here, in the WordPress Support Docs.

  • WordPress should be able to write to the filesystem.

Applying Patches Manually

If your server doesn’t allow the patches to be applied automatically through the Avada Patcher, you can download the patch files and manually apply the fix with FTP access. The latest patches for Avada and its required plugins will be listed in the order of first to last released. You can find Avada patch files available for download here. On that page, you’ll see all available patches for a specific theme version.

If you are not on the latest version of Avada version, simply update your theme. The patches will be in the latest version. For information on updating Avada, see our guide here.

Patches that are manually applied need to be completed in the date order they were released since they build on one another. Always start at the top patch for the version you are using and apply it first, then work your way down.
Avada Status Page

Avada Status Page Explained:

  • A – Version: Each section will have a version number. All patches for that theme or plugin version will be listed below the version heading.
  • B – Patch Number & Date: The patch number will increase for each patch released. When installing your patches, be sure to install from oldest to newest. That would be lowest patch number to highest patch number. You can also reference the date, which is just below the patch number.
  • C – Description: The Description will explain what issue the patch fixes.
  • D – This is a download link which contains the patched files in a .zip file. The next section will explain what you do to apply the fix.
  • E – This references the second patch in the list. You can see by the patch number (and date if the patch was released on a different day) that it’s more recent then the previous patch. When applying patches, this patch would be applied after the above patch.

After You’ve Downloaded the Patch File..

..here’s what to look for

  • Patch File Name – The patch file will be a .zip file with the patch’s number as its name which looks like this.
  • Extract – Now that you’ve found your patch file, extract the .zip file.
  • Locating the Patched Files – The extracted folder will be the same path you’ll need to follow to find the files on your site for applying the updated files. It will start from the wp-contents folder and end with your actual fixed files which looks like this.
  • Upload Fixes – Now access your site through FTP and navigate to the same location your patched files were found in the patch download. Transfer your new patched files (and only the files themselves) to the directory and choose to “overwrite” the existing files.

You can find Avada patch files available for download here.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If the Avada Patcher did not work and you’re unable to apply patches manually, please send in a support ticket with a note in regards to this and we can take care of it with FTP access.