If I write a private plugin, is there any way to use the WordPress auto-update mechanism to update it?
I want to encapsulate the functionality, but it’s specific to my own 5 or so blogs, so it’s not a good candidate for the public plugins resource. But I love the easy-updating mechanism.
Is there a way to do this?
Looks like the applicable code is in
$to_send = (object) compact('plugins', 'active'); $options = array( 'timeout' => ( ( defined('DOING_CRON') && DOING_CRON ) ? 30 : 3), 'body' => array( 'plugins' => serialize( $to_send ) ), 'user-agent' => 'WordPress/' . $wp_version . '; ' . get_bloginfo( 'url' ) ); $raw_response = wp_remote_post('http://api.wordpress.org/plugins/update-check/1.0/', $options);
It specifically checks api.wordpress.org. Technically speaking it would be possible to pass a key inside
$to_send to delegate the check, but to my knowledge that is not a supported feature.
If you hook into
set_site_transient_update_plugins you could add your own package details into this variable. It looks like those values will be trusted when you run the plugin updater. See
wp-admin/includes/class-wp-upgrader.php. Given the code in these two functions, I think it would be possible to inject your own update server, you just need to look at how the package details are formatted and match that.