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Solved: The uploaded file exceeds the upload_max_filesize directive in php.ini

You may have seen this error at least once, if you have used WordPress.When installing a theme, plugin or uploading a image or file, you may find this dreaded message on your screen. It has nothing to do with the theme or plugin. The issue is with your server settings which limit the maximum size for uploaded files.

It’s a common error and it can be easily fixed. This error message is an indication of that the file you are trying to upload is larger than your web host allows (WordPress default file upload size is 2 MB).

The uploaded file exceeds the upload_max_filesize directive in php.ini

Solution:

Solution is easy, you need to increase file size upload limit. You can do it yourself or ask your web host support team to increase the file size limit.

Ways you can fix it:

  1. Updating Your php.ini file
  2. Editing Your .htaccess file
  3. Editing your wp-config.php File
  4. Contact Web Hosting Support

 

solution

Updating Your php.ini file

Each server has a php.ini file, typically can be found in wp-admin folder. You need to edit open that file and write your new memory limit.

Follow these steps to edit the php.ini file

    1. Log in to your web hosting account and go to cPanel
    2. Click on FILES -> File Manager
      cPanel File Manager
    3. Select “Document Root for:” from the Directory Selection and click on Go. (Make sure the checkbox for Show Hidden Files is checked)cPanel Directory Selection
    4. Go to your wp-admin folder
    5. Find a file called php.ini or php5.ini. (If you don’t see any php.ini, create a file titled php.ini)
    6. Open the php.ini file. Find these lines in the php.ini file and replace it following numbers

  1. Save the changes you made to the php.ini file
  2. Now refresh your website and try uploading the file again.
Note: If you are using WordPress on a local machine using XAMPP, Wamp or MAMP, you will find the php.ini in following locations.
XAMPP
Windows:  C:/xampp/php/php.ini
macOS: /private/etc/php.ini
Linux: /etc/php.ini

Above settings may vary based on what web hosting company you are using. Here is list of popular webhost documentation for quick reference:

 

solution

Editing Your .htaccess file

If the above editing PHP.ini file doesn’t work for you, then you can edit your .htaccess file to fix this issue.

Follow these steps to edit your .htaccess file

    1. Log in to your web hosting account and go to cPanel
    2. Click on FILES -> File Manager
      cPanel File Manager
    3. Select “Document Root for:” from the Directory Selection and click on Go. (Make sure the checkbox for Show Hidden Files is checked)cPanel Directory Selection
    4. find the .httaccess file.
    5. Open the .htaccess file and or edit the following code at the bottom.

  1. Save the changes you made to the .htaccess file
Note: if you can’t find the .htaccess file in your root directory, create a file and name it .htaccess

 

solution

Editing your wp-config.php File

If neither of these solutions works for you, you can try editing the wp-config.php file located at your websites root folder.

    1. Log in to your web hosting account and go to cPanel
    2. Click on FILES -> File Manager
      cPanel File Manager
    3. Select “Document Root for:” from the Directory Selection and click on Go. (Make sure the checkbox for Show Hidden Files is checked)cPanel Directory Selection
    4. Add the following to the very bottom of wp-config.php

solution

Contact Web Host Support

If that none of these solutions works for you, please consult your web host. Your Web host may have configured their server in a way that prevent you to increase file size.

8 Comments

  1. hamedliar

    thanks….
    i’m using local host..
    editing php.ini dint work..
    but editing .htacess really works..
    once again thanks

    Reply
  2. Prakash

    Superb! It works for me…!! Great… Tnx to uploader…

    Reply
  3. Shahid

    Editing .htaccess fixed the issue. Thanks mate.

    Reply
  4. Maintenance Man

    Appreciate this – helped me work around a theme that wouldn’t upload.

    Reply
  5. Carl Viens

    Thx! I added a php.ini file as suggested and it worked fine.

    Reply
  6. Matt Young

    php.ini didn’t work, but .htaccess did for me. Thanks!

    Reply
  7. thevu

    I’m using localhost. Thank so much. You saved a lot of time for me!

    Reply
  8. dschungelpinguin

    Thank you very much for this practicial tip and the work you’ve done with it. Editing wp-config.php was my way to solve the problem! Great! Well done! Many thanks! Andreas
    http://dschungelpinguin.com

    Reply

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