why can't I change the max upload size in my php.ini file?

Posted July 15, 2015 3.9k views

I’ve changed the php.ini to allow for larger uploads into my wordpress site, but it still isn’t working. How can I fix this?

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after saving changes, restart apache, php-fpm, or whatever is running your php stuff

Be sure you edit the proper php.ini file. There is also a cli and cgi php configuration.

  • @rascul @CrypticDesigns

    I can’t get this to work myself.

    I tried:

    1. Adding a file in wp-admin, then navigating to www.<my-site>.com/wp-admin/, then editing the file listed as Loaded Configuration File: /etc/php5/apache2/php.ini.
    2. Editing the result of php -i | grep “Loaded Configuration File”: /etc/php5/cli/php.ini
    3. Editing wp-config.php, as per some WP threads on the internet.
    4. Editing .htaccess, as per some WP threads on the internet.

    I’ve restarted apache each time. Kindly help!


You can create a php info file in order to check the current values and check which is the php.ini file in use. Create the following file in your public_hmtl folder - phpinfo.php and put the following code inside it:


You can also use the following command in order to find the location of the php.ini file:

php -i | grep php.ini

The output will be:

Configuration File (php.ini) Path => /etc/php/7.2/cli
Loaded Configuration File => /etc/php/7.2/cli/php.ini

Then check for the current value of uploadmaxfilesize you can also check which is the configuration file - php.ini that is currently used and apply the changes there (if the site using the global php.ini file and you change the values for these settings this will make the changes globally for all sites). Ideally you would like to have the following values:

upload_max_filesize = 200M

You also need to restart your web server in order the changes to take effect.

Hope that this helps!