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WordPress File Upload Size Limit

Submitted by on December 25, 2009 – 9:24 pm 4 Comments

By default, WordPress will not allow you to upload a file larger than 2Mb. This limit is not set by WordPress itself, but by detaul PHP configuration. This configuration file is usually /etc/php.ini, but normally your Web hosting provider will not let you modify this file. Below is a possible fix you can try. Before running the commands, edit the path (wpdir variable) for correctly reflect your WordPress installation directory.


wpdir=$(echo "${HOME}/public_html")

if [ -f ${wpdir}/php.ini ]
	cp -p ${wpdir}/php.ini ${wpdir}/php.ini.`date +'%Y-%m-%d_%H-%M'`
	egrep -v "upload_max_filesize|post_max_size" ${wpdir}/php.ini > ${HOME}/php.tmp
	mv ${HOME}/php.tmp ${wpdir}/php.ini

cat >> ${wpdir}/php.ini << EOF
upload_max_filesize = 100M;
post_max_size = 100M;

if [ -f ${wpdir}/wp-admin/php.ini ]
	cp -p ${wpdir}/wp-admin/php.ini ${wpdir}/wp-admin/php.ini.`date +'%Y-%m-%d_%H-%M'`
	rm ${wpdir}/wp-admin/php.ini

ln -s ${wpdir}/php.ini ${wpdir}/wp-admin/php.ini

This will add two lines to your current php.ini file (or create one, if you don’t have it). This will be an “add-on” php.ini file that will work together with the main php.ini to which you have no access.

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  • Lucas H says:

    I’ve got a large video files and send to a friend. I’ve got a WordPress website is it possible to send it through there as a downloadable file? Or is there someplace I can upload it where she can download it?


  • Myles says:

    Hello. I have a problem. I bought a wordpress theme for 50$ and i can’t upload it! It says that the file is too big… 10mb. I unzipped the theme folder and took the main theme folder and created a new .zip folder, I use wordpress sel-hosted (.org) …. So what is the problem? What can I do ? I tried to upload it directly to FTP but when i try to activate it gives syntax error. Please help!

    Thanks! :)

  • Johnky J says:

    it says:
    Bad Request
    Your browser sent a request that this server could not understand.
    size of a request header field exceeds over limit.
    and it shows the cookie and stuff.
    and it says it is a “400 bad request” if that makes a difference..
    it used to work on both of my computers…then one stopped working. then later like a week this one said bad request just like the other one. Any suggestions on how to get it back? PLEASE?
    and I am using Internet Explorer

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