How to check & update your Joomla version

Keeping Joomla up to date is important for lots of reasons. The newest version is always the most secure, and also means access to the latest features. This article will help you identify your current Joomla version, find out which is the latest version, and also check for updates directly from the Joomla backend.

  • Which version of Joomla am I running?

    First off we’ll find out which version of Joomla your site is running. Maybe you don’t need to update at all … or maybe you really need to update really quickly! Let’s find out.

    Once you’ve logged into the Joomla backend you can identify your current version in several ways. Assuming you’re running at least Joomla 3.x.x you can look in the following places:

    1. The current Joomla version is listed in the footer, at the bottom right of the page, and should look something like this:
      Image showing Joomla version in footer.
    2. You can also find the current version in the system information tab, in the section System > System Information in the row Joomla! Version.
      System information tab inside Joomla adminstrator.
      System Information Tab

    If you’re running an older Joomla version (pre 3.x.x) here you can find an extensive guide on identifying the version for older Joomla versions.

    If you’re planning to update/upgrade from an older Joomla version, send us an email to and we’ll be glad to help!

    Finding out the latest Joomla version

    This part is easy – here are a few places you can check the latest version:

    1. maintains a page with a link to the latest Joomla version and various download links.
    2. The downloads page features a teaser box with the latest version and a download link.
    3. You can find a release blog with posts for the release of each Joomla version, including a summary paragraph about what is new in that version.
    4. And finally, if you’re also interested in the version history, here’s a complete list of version releases – including the latest version.

    Do I need to update my Joomla site?

    If you’ve already completed the above steps you’ll already know the answer to this question. If not, read on:

    1. If your site needs an update you’ll see an update notification when you log into the Joomla backend at the top of the page like this:
      Joomla is avaible to download notification.
    2. If you open the Joomla Update tool you’ll be immediately informed if a newer version is available. In the section Components > Joomla! Update you’ll see something like:
      Joomla update was found notification.

    … and before you update your site

    Updating to the latest Joomla versions is generally a painless and rewarding experience that requires only a couple of clicks and a few moments’ patience, however:

    If you need help updating your Joomla website, or dealing with issues that result from an unsuccessful update, drop us a line at and we’ll be happy to assist!

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