Plugin only has "install" on my theme that is already installed

Hi all,
I am not an expert in WordPress - feel like I should say that first. I manually installed a theme I purchased because I did not know about the plugin that auto updates… then i went on to make all kinds of changes in colors, a bit on the layout. It was awesome. But it doesn’t update. So I installed the Envato Market plugin for autoupdates, did the token and got it squared away. However, now the only thing I can do is “install” on the theme. Do I have to start all over with the customizations?

I made a backup and tried to click the install button, but it errors out because the folder paths already exist. I am sorry to be asking but I am in need of guidance here :frowning:


I’ll be happy to clear this for you.

Theme Bundled plugins do not have their own licenses (purchase code). This means they cannot be activated mean registered for auto updates. So Envato Market plugin will not auto update Theme Bundled plugins.

All bundled plugins update responsibility is the theme’s author. Just always download the theme latest version to get latest update plugins and update bundled plugin manually.

If you really want to auto update features by one click then you have to purchase individual license for the plugin(s) and you have to registere/activated the license.
You can check this Help article:


Yes, I understand that, but the theme has been updated. I am just trying to get those updates. Because I did not install via the plugin, do I have to start all over in order to have auto theme updates? Is there a way to preserve my edits?

theme auto update you can manage using Envato Market plugin. but theme bundle plugin you have to update manually using ftp/cpanel. you can download the latest version theme to get plugin updated version and then upload manually. or you have to delete existing plugins then have to install and active from wp-admin plugins.

You can contact theme author to get support or for any technical query:

Note: Better to keep a full backup before doing the update.


Hello, I have the same problem. What Trcarrel is talking about is THEME update, NOT BUNDLED plugins. What we mean is that Envato Market is not recognising previously installed Theme, and it offers to Instal, instead of update, when it is already there!!. Is not finding our previously installed and duly licensed THEME.

I wonder if there is a solution to this. Site is online and cannot break.

Hi @EcocampVinyols ,

You can use Envato Market WordPress Plugin. This plugin helps customers receive updates to their premium wordpress Themes & Plugins purchased through Envato Market (ThemeForest & CodeCanyon).
you can download the plugin from here:

Using this Envato Market WordPress Plugin you will see:

  1. Latest version (need to update version) number
  2. Details view option for the latest version

otherwise you can download the update version from Envato Market Downloads page and update manually using ftp.

Note: Better to keep a full backup before doing the update. Also you can contact theme author what changes has made from your current version theme to the latest version.


As you can read, I m using envato market plugin!.
Envato market wordpress plugin, is not recognising i have the theme installed. Please read.

Ofcourse i will contact the theme developer too.

And i know that i can update manually, but i would like it to work!!

Sorry! from your post I thought you are facing issue to verify purchase code. please can you make sure you have required permissions.

Envato API personal token:

You can generate Envato API personal token here . Please make sure you set required Token permissions. It may prompt you to sign into your Envato account

Before you create a new token the following 3 permissions should be selected from the list of permission available on the Token page.

  1. View and search Envato sites (checked by default)
  2. Download the user’s purchased items
  3. List purchases the user has made

Hope this will help you.

otherwise best option is to contact theme author.



please edit permission remove your chosen last 2 options and set my provided 3 options as permissions. hope it will work.

But it is the same permissions…

if you set the correct permissions then the envato market plugin should work. I am surprised why not working! you can get in touch with theme author.