Your Magento folder does not have sufficient write permissions


Error: Please check for sufficient write file permissions

Your Magento folder does not have sufficient write permissions, which this web based downloader requires.

If you wish to proceed downloading Magento packages online, please set all Magento folders to have writable permission for the web server user (example: apache) and press the “Refresh” button to try again.

To learn more about setting write permissions, please visit the Magento community site for further details.

Ever seen the above error message?  I have.  Solution’s I’ve found for this are as follows:

I installed magento through SSH as root.  Now the problem with this is all the folders magento creates is now owned by root, so apache or magento cannot change them.  Simple fix.  From what I read off of is somebody changed the owner of the downloader folder.   I tried this, it didn’t fix my problem.  Feel free to try this way though.
chown apache downloader/ -hR

I took this a step further since I was still having the same problem.  I did this to the entire website directory

chown apache www/ -hR

Let me know if this works for you.

4 thoughts on “Your Magento folder does not have sufficient write permissions”

    1. This still doesn’t work for me still getting the same message after
      changing the file permissions of the downloader file and everything
      inside it ?

  1. Warning: Your Magento folder does not have sufficient write permissions. iam sick of this error in magento connect manager set out all 777 permission to directories but still getting same problem

  2. This actually fixed my problem, but you have a typo there:

    chwon apache www/ -hR

    Should be:
    chown apache www/ -hR

    Also i had to give the all dir to fix it, in my case: chwon apache /var/www/ -hR

    Thanks 😀

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