Keeping your WordPress themes and plugins up to date is just as important as updating your core WordPress installation. If you use a free theme or plugin through WordPress.org, then you’re probably familiar with automatic updates through the dashboard.

Typically, when you see a notification in the admin nav that you have an update, you can go to Dashboard > Update All you have to do is confirm the update to a WordPress.org theme or plugin, or your core WordPress installation. easy right? Well, unfortunately, premium themes outside of WordPress.org cannot be updated directly in the same way. Every premium theme must have its own API to provide automatic updates for products provided by developers, and while many ThemeForest themes have a built-in system, some don’t, and that’s where the “Envato Market Plugin” comes in place.

This Envato Marketplace Plugin Allows you to connect to your ThemeForest account to provide installation and updates for all premium themes and plugins you purchased from Themeforest and Codecanyon), and it’s super easy to set up and use!

In this guide, we’ll walk you through all the steps to download the free plugin and install and set it up. Before getting started, it’s important to note that you must be using an administrator account on your WordPress site to install plugins and enable automatic updates. Remember – the Envato Market plugin only provides automatic updates for Themeforest WordPress themes and Codecanyon WordPress plugins (it does not provide update notifications for themes you purchased or downloaded from other marketplaces). OK, now let’s get started!

Envato Marketplace Plugin Installation

Download the Envato Marketplace plugin

The first step is to download the Envato Market plugin. This is available on Envato (and via Github) and is completely free.All you need to do is click the button below to go to the Envato Market plugin page and click download button.

Download the Envato Marketplace plugin

This will download the zip file containing the plugin. No need to unzip – we’ll install it as-is. Now that you have the plugin, go ahead and log in to the WordPress installation you want to add automatic updates to.

Add new plugin

To install the plugin navigate to Plugins > Add New and click Upload plugin button at the top of the page.

Upload Envato Marketplace zip

Browse next envato-market.zip Files you downloaded from Github.

Install the Envato Marketplace plugin

then click the button Install now and click when prompted Activate plugin association.

Activate Envato Marketplace Plugin

Now that the plugin is installed and active, you should see a new Enwato Market Menu item in the WordPress dashboard.

Envato Marketplace Plugin Settings

The next step is to sync the Envato Market plugin with your Envato account to access all of your market purchases as well as item updates.

Envato Market plugin main settings

To get started, click Enwato Market Links in the Dashboard menu. You should see a screen similar to the one above. The first step is to create an Envato API token.To do this, click Generate personal token link (highlighted in red above).

Generate Envato API Token

If you are already logged into your Envato account, you will be taken to the screen above (otherwise you will be prompted to log in and then redirected to this page). On this screen you can see the Envato Market plugin requesting access through your Envato account (Envato website, ability to download your items, your purchase list and purchase verification).

To proceed with naming your token, check the box that you have read and agree to the terms and click the green button to create your token.

Copy your Envato API token

Once the token is created, you will see a green success screen. Copy your token code (this is very important as Envato will not store a copy of the token for you), check to make sure you have copied it, then click your white button understood.

Paste your Envato API token

Now go back to your WordPress installation and paste your Envato API token, then click save.

Possible Envato Market Error

You may see the above error when entering the token for the first time. Don’t worry, just go back to the previous page and try again. It should work the second time.

Envato Market Sourcing

After saving and validating your token, your page will refresh to show your Envato Market login page with your item tagged. The added tab shows all the themes and plugins you have purchased along with their version numbers and quick links to the theme and author pages.

Notes for Web Designers and Design Agencies

If you’re a web design freelancer or a design agency buying themes for clients, you can use the Envato Market plugin to keep your client’s website up to date.You shouldn’t give your customers access to all your purchases, so you should use single token part.

One-time use of Envato token authorization

You first need to install the Envato Market plugin on your client’s website, then click Generate personal token association. Copy your token just like you created your own.

Envato Customer Project ID

Next, you also need to find Product Number Themes and/or plugins for your clients. To find the ID, just go to the Themeforest or Codecanyon project page and copy the numeric ID at the end of the URL.

Authorize an Envato project with a token

Now navigate back to the Envato Market page in your client site, instead of pasting your token into the available global field, click Add item button. This will open a popup to enter your Envato token and project ID.

Confirm item authorization

After saving the item, you can repeat the process to add all other purchases for this particular customer.

Authorized Envato Items

Now, the WordPress installation you’ve been working on will only show the items you added (and related updates). If you’ve bought a lot of Envato over the years and just want to see updates for the projects you’re currently using, non-developers might also want to consider this plugin.

Automatic updates of Envato Market themes and plugins

Now that you have the Envato Market plugin installed and synced to your account, all your purchases and item updates are at your fingertips.

Envato Marketplace Project Update

If an update is available for your purchase, you’ll see an orange notification like the image above.

WordPress update page

Additionally, if a theme or plugin update is available, you can also click the refresh symbol in the admin navigation bar or click Dashboard > Update. From here you can process your updates by selecting and updating your items.

notes: You cannot use the Envato Market plugin to update plugins bundled with themes. You can only update plugins for which you have purchased your own personal license. When developers bundle plugins with a theme, they should provide plugin updates in the theme or update details in their theme documentation.

To update your listings through the Envato Market plugin, just click Updates available link in the orange notification to start installing the update.

Update your Envato project

If your item shows Updating… The message is more than a few minutes old, please refresh the page and try again.

Updated Envato Items

Once the update is complete, you will see a quick green notification that your project has been renew! That’s it. When updates are available, you’ll be able to view them directly from the dashboard (more convenient than downloading updates yourself when you receive an email notification from Envato).

Error updating: Download failed (or forbidden)

When updating, you may see an update download failed error message. When testing, we found that refreshing the browser window and clicking update again fixed the problem. So when in doubt – refresh and you should be fine.

Install new purchases using the Envato Market plugin

Installing new themes or plugin purchases is also easier when you use the Envato Market plugin. When you make a new purchase, you’ll see it in the Envato Marketplace tab (under “Themes” or “Plugins,” respectively).

Install new themes using Envato Market

just click blue Install button to install your new theme or plugin (no need to download the project zip file).

Envato Theme Installation Confirmation

After a few moments, you should see a confirmation screen like the one above.Next you can preview (if it’s a subject) or just enable Start designing your website (Note: If you are changing the theme of your current live website, we strongly recommend that you preview and use this guide to safely change your WordPress theme first).

wrap up

Hopefully this guide will help you update your Themeforest and Codecanyon projects more easily. If you have any questions about the Envato Market plugin or other tips to add to our guide, please leave a comment below. thanks for reading!