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Updating Vellum

When Vellum starts, it will check for new updates and inform you if a new version is available.

You can also use Check for Updates… in the Vellum menu:

Check for Updates menu item within Vellum

Automatically Check for Updates

Vellum can automatically check for updates when it starts. To enable this recommended behavior, open Preferences from the Vellum menu:

Vellum's General Preferenes includes an option to Automatically Check for Updates


When I try to update, I receive an error that “Autoupdate” cannot be opened

You may see this error if you’re trying to update from a much older version of Vellum. Instead of updating, you will need to re-install. To do that:

  1. Quit Vellum
  2. Download the Vellum Installer from the Vellum website
  3. Find the Vellum Installer in your Downloads folder and double-click to install Vellum
I have an older version, but Vellum reports that it’s up-to-date

Current versions of Vellum require macOS Mojave or newer. If you are running an earlier version of macOS, then Vellum won’t be able to receive the latest updates:

  • On El Capitan, Vellum will stop updating at version 2.3.1
  • On Sierra, Vellum will stop updating at version 2.6.7
  • On High Sierra, Vellum will stop updating at version 2.7.3
  • On Mojave, Vellum will stop updating at version 2.8.9

You can update macOS through the Mac App Store. If your Mac doesn’t meet the requirements for the current version of macOS (Monterey), you may be able to update to Catalina or Big Sur.

I don’t see Check for Updates in this menu

If you don’t see Check for Updates in the Vellum menu, you’re using the Mac App Store version of Vellum, which we discontinued in 2016.

Please see Migrating to Direct for information about how to move to the latest version of Vellum.