Wordpress automatic update / permission issue

Posted April 13, 2014 10.2k views
Hi there, I installed WP on Ubuntu and I'm having issues updating WP automatically, it's asking for FTP detail. Also when I add the following to wp-config.php for automatic update I get a failed issue. define('FS_METHOD','direct'); Can anyone tell me how to fix this issue or how to set the permission on the server so WP has permission to make changes. At the moment I'm suing SSH/SFTP to connect to the server for file modification but after modifying it won't allow me to save any of the edited files. Thanks, Zak

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You need to grant the webserver write access to Wordpress's files:
sudo chgrp -R www-data /var/www

sudo chmod -R g+w /var/www

  • this is the only solution that work I can find in google 1st page, all other solutions tell me to delete maintenance file


I can’t get this to work at all, not even via FTP, please advise, thanks

Didn’t realise I had to restart the server, working fine now, thanks