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How do you update .paf programs?

How do you update .paf files that are imported to the PortableApps program? Are they updated automatically like any other PortableApp? Do I have to run the .paf installer whenever I want to update it? Or do I have to reinstall it with the new .paf file?

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Official vs Not

For any official apps in the PA.c Platform (those in our app directory on the site and in the platform), it's automatic. For any from third parties or developer tests from the forums, you need to grab the new PAF and run it.

It's detailed here: https://portableapps.com/support/portable_app#upgrading

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Thanks!

Thanks for answering my question, would it be possible to make .paf files have automatic updates? Could you add that in a future release?

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All official releases already do. Unofficial releases generally don't have reliable direct-download hosting.

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Can you clarify?

If would be really nice if you added the ability to automatically update .paf files, regardless of hosting. Don't assume.

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Would

Or could you volunteer time to help do this? John has a full plate just keeping the official apps up to date. This site runs basically with him and just a few volunteers.

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How?

Most apps are hosted at places that don't support direct downloads, so the platform literally can't download them. This would also require each individual author to host a file somewhere to indicate what the current version is similar to what we do for the 400+ apps in our database.

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Repos with app manifests or community maintained packages?

Apologies for the delayed response. Could it be possible to implement something like what
Scoop has with buckets, which are basically
JSON app manifests (which are usually Github repos)? Or how about what Chocolatey has, with community maintained packages?

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