How to update Stata
Stata Corp. makes updates to your current version available for free on their website. If you have your own Stata license, such as on a standalone PC or laptop, it's a good idea to make a habit of checking once a month for updates. (At CPC, we keep the network copies up-to-date for you.)
To check whether your copy is up-to-date, first make sure that your computer is connected to the Internet, then click on Check for Updates in the Help menu, or type the command:
This instructs Stata to first check when you last updated it, then connect to www.stata.com and check whether a newer version is available. If updates are available for you, it will instruct you how to get the updates.
You can also ask Stata to check for updates automatically. Go to the Edit menu and click on Preferences, General Preferences, Internet, and check the box for Enable automatic update checking.
If you haven't updated your copy for some time, or if your connection speed is slow, your connection may time out before all the updates have been downloaded. The default connection period is 5 minutes (300 seconds). If you need to increase this, type:
set timeout2 sss
where "sss" is the number of seconds. The maximum is 32,000.
If you don't have Internet connectivity for your computer, you can download the updates at CPC, copy them to a flash drive or other portable storage, and install them on your computer at a later date. See Keeping Stata up to date for complete instructions.