November 27, 2019
3 min Read
November 27, 2019
3 min Read
Most hosting providers set limits to the PHP memory designated for running applications and scripts. The uploaded file exceeds the upload_max_filesize directive in php.ini is an error that occurs on your WordPress site when you upload a file that exceeds the limitations set by your webserver.
As scary as this error may seem, the solutions are pretty straight-forward. In this tutorial, you will learn how to fix the error by increasing the default limit of upload_max_filesize through a few methods.
The solution, as you might have guessed, involves increasing the default limit of upload_max_filesize. Let’s dive into it and see what steps we can take to fix this WordPress error.
The quickest fix for the uploaded file exceeds the upload_max_filesize directive in php.ini error is increasing your PHP resource limits by tweaking the .htaccess file. Here’s how to do it:
php_value upload_max_filesize 256M
and Save the changes.
That’s it! Increasing the upload_max_filesize value should automatically fix the error.
Try uploading your file again and if the error persists, Increase additional PHP limits by adding these lines into the .htaccess file :
php_value post_max_size 256M php_value memory_limit 512M php_value max_input_time 180 php_value max_execution_time 180
Adjust the PHP limits to any desired values as long as your web hosting providers support it. You can also locate the maximum available limits by checking the PHP info of your website.
Another way to get rid of the uploaded file exceeds the upload_max_filesize directive in php.ini error is by tweaking the wp-config.php file located in your root directory.
All you need to do is log in to the hPanel and access public_html to edit the wp_config. php file. Add the following line before the “That’s all, stop editing! Happy publishing” line:
@ini_set('upload_max_size' , '256M' );
Now Save the file, refresh your web browser, and try uploading again!
If you look closer at the uploaded file exceeds the upload_max_filesize directive in php.ini error message, we can safely assume that it has something to do with php.ini, a file that holds all of the PHP related variables.
If you’re using shared web hosting by Hostinger, all limits are already at the maximum value for user convenience, so it’s not possible to alter php.ini.
However, you can always modify your PHP settings through the PHP Configuration tool on hPanel if you wish.
If you’re using VPS or a different platform, you can try updating php.ini to fix the error, here’s what you need to do:
upload_max_filesize = 256M post_max_size = 256M memory_limit = 512M max_execution_time = 180
For Hostinger clients, modifying PHP configurations can’t get any easier. Hostinger offers a custom-built tool to edit and adjust the PHP settings of your hosting account.
Log in to hPanel and head to PHP Configuration under Advanced. Then, switch to the PHP Options menu and scroll down to find upload_max_file row and make changes as needed.
If none of the options above fixed the error, try contacting your web hosting support team.
Explain the situation and let them know what steps you took to fix the WordPress error, and hopefully, they’ll resolve the problem for you.
If you’re a Hostinger client, our customer success agents are ready to help you out 24/7 through our live chat feature. Log in to the hPanel and access the chat feature at the bottom right of your dashboard.
In this tutorial, you have learned five different ways to fix the uploaded file exceeds the upload_max_filesize directive in php.ini error in WordPress. Here’s a quick recap:
Easy, right? If you have any questions or suggestions, don’t hesitate to comment down below!
March 01, 2018
The uploaded file exceeds the upload_max_filesize directive in php.ini. - that's such a freakishly long error haha! I never thought the fixes were so simple. Thank you for this article, the first solution worked like a charm!
Replied on March 01, 2018
Hello, Jason. I'm glad to hear that you found this WordPress tutorial useful!
March 19, 2018
please i want to host a website and it contain a heavy folder of pdf. because it's an e_library. so can i send the folder and you host it for me. am having difficult uploading it due to max upload file size.
Replied on March 23, 2018
Hey Abdullahi, How big is your pdf? Have you tried to optimise it or upload it with FTP client?
May 22, 2018
Hi. I am still facing the issue even after trying all these methods. So far, I have tried: 1.Increasing upload_max_filesize and other PHP values through .htaccess; 2. Setting higher upload_max_filesize through wp-config.php file; 3. Editing php.ini file to increase upload_max_filesize; However, my media upload size is still 10mb. Please tell me how to fix it. Thanks in advance!
Replied on May 23, 2018
Hello, Himashu I'm sorry to hear that the error still persists on your website. It is possible that the limitations set by your current hosting provider do not allow uploading larger files than 10MB. If the server configuration does not let you exceed this limit, it is no surprise that the above solutions did not work. You can confirm this by checking PHP info. I would also suggest getting it touch with your web hosting provider and asking them personally if the limit can be increased. Alternatively, you may give your WordPress website a test drive on Hostinger. The error will be a thing of the past, and you can start with a 14-day free trial! ;)
August 06, 2018
Remember to restart your Apache to apply changes (if you're using VPS)!
Replied on November 07, 2018
That's a great point!
September 09, 2018
Thanks! Option 1: Editing the .htaccess file worked for me :)
October 09, 2018
You sir, are a life saver. Have a nice day !
October 12, 2018
Thanks, brother. It helped me
Replied on November 06, 2018
You're welcome! Glad to hear the article was useful ;)
October 24, 2018
This helped, Thanks!
November 05, 2018
Awesome article, very helpful. Thanks for sharing!
December 18, 2018
Changing .htaccess worked for me. Thanks!
January 06, 2019
Thank you for helping. I really enjoy this website!
January 13, 2019
Thanks a ton...had the same problem but could resolve it, thanks to you
January 17, 2019
Editing .htaccess in the root (WordPress) directory worked for me. Thank for the tip!
January 23, 2019
Thanks a lot fam... ".htaccess" worked for me!
February 07, 2019
Option #1 worked for me. Thanks a lot for the tip!
April 11, 2019
option 01 : is working in my case 100% perfect , thanks mate
July 03, 2019
Hello Gediminas! There is a typo in your code snippet. It says: upload_max_filesize = 256MB and should say upload_max_filesize = 256M Cheers!
Replied on September 24, 2019
Hey domagoj, Thanks for letting us know! Fixed.
August 06, 2019
Thanks for this help
August 09, 2019
August 15, 2019
thank you. this solved my problem.
September 26, 2019
Thank you very Much sir. you'r Great sir.
November 29, 2019
Thank you very much sir, It's helpful for me.