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Keeping Stata 18 up to date

Stata or StataNow

Below we mostly refer to Stata, but we also mean StataNow. If any part of the instructions is different for StataNow, we will be explicit.

Update within Stata

If you are using Stata 18, and you have a direct Internet connection, type update query in Stata, and Stata will tell you if there are updates and what to do next. See [R] update in the Stata Base Reference Manual for more information.

If you do not have access to the Internet from within Stata, see below. If you are not using Stata 18, click on the appropriate version:

Update without Internet access within Stata

Type about in Stata and note the "Revision" date. If you see a date earlier than "22 May 2024", you need to update Stata. Also make note of your platform. Download the appropriate file for your operating system and follow the instructions below.

Operating system Update file (StataNow) Update file (Stata)
Windows (64-bit) statanow18update_win.zip stata18update_win.zip
Mac statanow18update_mac.zip stata18update_mac.zip
Linux (64-bit) statanow18update_linux64.tar stata18update_linux64.tar

Extract the file you downloaded to a temporary location on your system.

After you have extracted it, you will have one of the following directories on your system with several files in it:

statanow18update_win or stata18update_win
statanow18update_mac or stata18update_mac
statanow18update_linux64 or stata18update_linux64

Type db update in Stata and browse to the extracted update directory. Click OK and follow any instructions you are given.

After installing the updates, you can remove the downloaded update file and files you extracted from it.

Unofficial additions to Stata are also available:

Also see the new features in Stata 18.