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The uploaded file exceeds the upload_max_filesize directive in php.ini

The uploaded file exceeds the upload_max_filesize directive in php.ini, is a common WordPress error when installing new themes, plugins, uploading new images or creating new posts. Installing WordPress is a fairly easy task and it only takes a few minutes. After installing WordPress, you may want to change the default theme and install a new one, install some WordPress plugins, create new posts and upload image files, etc. and this is when you may receive the following error: Fixing The uploaded file exceeds the upload_max_filesize directive in php.ini error on WordPress is an easy task if you carefully follow our step by step tutorial below:

There is no need to panic, because the solution of  “The uploaded file exceeds the upload_max_filesize directive in php.ini” is quick and easy.

There are four simple ways you can fix this problem:

1. Increase maximum upload file size via .htaccess

Edit the .htaccess file located in the document root directory of the WordPress installation.
Locate the .htaccess file, and edit it using your favorite editor (vi,nano,vim etc.), and add or modify the following line:

php_value upload_max_filesize 100M

Replace ‘100’ with the maximum upload file size (in megabytes) that you want to set on your WordPress installation.

2. Adjust other PHP configuration settings

You may also want to adjust some other PHP settings, like:
– memory_limit (maximum amount of memory a script may consume);
– post_max_size (the maximum size for all POST body data);
– max_execution_time (the maximum time in seconds a script is allowed to run before it is terminated by the parser);
– max_input_time (the maximum time in seconds a script is allowed to parse input data, like POST and GET).
If so, add or modify the following lines too:

php_value memory_limit 256M
php_value post_max_size 32M
php_value max_execution_time 600
php_value max_input_time 900
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3. Modify the ‘functions.php’ or  ‘wp-config.php’ file

Edit the ‘functions.php’ file located in the active theme directory (wp-content/themes/), or the ‘wp-config.php’ file located in the document root directory of the WordPress installation.
Add the following line to the wp-config.php file:

@ini_set( ‘upload_max_size’ , ‘100M’ );

4. Modify Main PHP File

Edit the main PHP configuration file. Use the following command to locate the main PHP configuration file on your server, e.g.:

# php -i | grep -i php.ini
Configuration File (php.ini) Path => /etc/php/7.0/cli
Loaded Configuration File => /etc/php/7.0/cli/php.ini

Once you locate the main PHP configuration file, edit it and add or modify the following line:

upload_max_filesize = 100M

It is a good idea to modify these settings too:

memory_limit = 256M
post_max_size = 32M
file_uploads = On
max_execution_time = 600
max_input_time = 900

Do not forget to restart your web server for the changes to take effect.

  • Create a local php.ini configuration file in the document root of the WordPress installation, ‘add upload_max_filesize = 100M’ to it, save the file thus override main php.ini configuration settings.
    Again, you need to restart your web server for the changes to take effect.

That is it. You should be able to install new WordPress theme, plugins, and upload image files now and the error: The uploaded file exceeds the upload_max_filesize directive in php.ini should be resolved.

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View Comments (6)

  • I am still getting this error even though , max_upload_filesize is 10GB in the wordpress media gallery admin.
    Please help me out.

  • Thank you very much! I am just a beginner and it is very comforting when I can find answers to at least some of my many questions!

  • Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!)))))) I was with this problem for month and you really helped me)))

  • I get an internal error message whenever i edit the .htaccess file. What I'm i doing wrong. Below is whats in the .htaccess file when i open it

    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteBase /
    RewriteRule ^index\.php$ - [L]
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
    RewriteRule . /index.php [L]

    Where i'm I adding the additional line of code. Please help