Ticket #11211 (new enhancement)

Opened 3 years ago

Last modified 12 months ago

Feature request: add auto update functionality

Reported by: dink Owned by:
Priority: major Component: other
Version: VirtualBox 4.2.4 Keywords: update, updating, usability
Cc: Guest type: other
Host type: Mac OS X


Downloading an new version every time you need to update isn't very user-friendly. Please add an auto-update function (on Mac – don't know about Windows), this would save a lot of people a little bit of time, which in the end is a lot of time ;-).

Change History

comment:1 Changed 3 years ago by frank

Yes, I believe that :) We will consider to implement this feature but it's a lot of work.

comment:2 Changed 20 months ago by CHaos

Seriously, please add this feature! I don't know how you maintain the different versions but for OS X there is which is really cool.

A lot of applications use this framework. I mean really, A LOT (even big and paid applications). And even the smallest applications I have (and I have a lot of little helper applications) do have an autoupdate functioanlity so it can't be that hard (nobody would put more effort in autoupdate than in the application itself so it really can't be that hard).

I update the application like once a year because it's just ridiculous. I love and respect your work but the registration for this page just to leave this comment raged me quite a bit.

Anyways, please add this feature.


comment:3 Changed 20 months ago by aeichner

Sure, if it is that easy why don't you just contribute a patch? Seriously, VirtualBox is not like most other applications. For instance it requires kernel drivers to work and I don't know if sparkle can handle updating them because it must make sure that no service is accessing them. Btw. the website you link to points to a code repository with a warning that the fork is not actively maintained. Wouldn't be a very smart move to use a dead project let alone the legal difficulties to use 3rd party code. I agree that the way how updates work currently is not very user friendly but I hope I made it clear that it is not as easy as it might appear first and without someone paying for this feature it will only have a low priority.

comment:4 Changed 12 months ago by pvinis

it is still active, and used by many, including our app.

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