How to install or update a Joomla! extension

Published in Extensions
Updated 22 Jan, 2021

You can install any extension using the Joomla! Extension Installer available in your backend. Before proceeding with the installation though make sure you meet the following requirements.

Minimum Requirements

All extensions will only work correctly if your setup meets the following requirements:

  • Up-to-date version of Joomla! Joomla 3.8.0 or higher
  • PHP 5.6.0 or higher
  • MySQL 5 or higher

How to install an extension

  • Download the extension from the downloads section
  • Login to the administrator page
  • Go to Extensions -> Extensions Manager
  • Click Browse and find the .zip file you've downloaded
  • Click Upload & Install button
  • You are done!

How to update an extension


Update using the same steps you used when you install it. You do not need to uninstall it first. The extension will update all its files automatically.

Auto Update

To be able to auto-update any extension through Joomla Update Manager you will need to provide your Download Key to the Novarain Framework System Plugin. You can find your Download Key in your Downloads page.

To save your Download Key, login to the backend and go to Extensions -> Plugins, find the System - Novarain Framework Plugin, click to edit and input your Download Key to the available field. Once it's saved, you'll be able to update any of our extensions using the Joomla Update Manager whenever a new version is available.

Note: Try to paste the Download Key to notepad first in order to remove unwanted special characters.

How to uninstall an extension

Uninstall by using the core extension manager available in the Joomla! Administrator Control Panel.

Troubleshooting installation

If you have problems installing or updating the extension, please try the manual installation process as described here: