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Unable to create directory wp-content/uploads/ hosted on Linux with Nginx/Apache

boobo94 profile image Bogdan Alexandru Militaru Originally published at boobo94.github.io on ・1 min read

This may indicate a permissions problem with your WordPress uploads directory.

Firstly please make sure that you have the right permissions on /uploads folder.

$ sudo chmod -R 755 uploads/

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Then if still nothing happens, please check the owner permissions.

$ ls -l
total 24
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 28 Jan 26 13:44 index.php
drwxr-xr-x 16 root root 4096 Jan 26 14:50 plugins
drwxr-xr-x 7 root root 4096 Jan 26 13:44 themes
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Jan 26 13:44 upgrade
drwxr-xr-x 11 root root 4096 Jan 26 13:44 uploads

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Let’s offer the right permissions. As we can see the uploads folder has the root owner. The owner of Nginx/Apache servers is www-data

$ sudo chown -R www-data:www-data ./uploads/

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Now if you check again, the owner is changed and the permissions 755 are set.

$ ls -l
total 24
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 28 Jan 26 13:44 index.php
drwxr-xr-x 16 root root 4096 Jan 26 14:50 plugins
drwxr-xr-x 7 root root 4096 Jan 26 13:44 themes
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Jan 26 13:44 upgrade
drwxr-xr-x 11 www-data www-data 4096 Jan 26 13:44 uploads

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That’s it!

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