WordPress Updates Permissions Error [FIXED]

May 16, 2018

Recently, I moved a WordPress site from one host to another. It was a fairly small site with a handful of plugins, but I wanted to make sure that everything was up-to-date after moving the site. First things first, I ran plugin updates, but that’s where I ran into this issue:
The update cannot be installed because we will be unable to copy some files. This is usually due to inconsistent file permissions.: wp-admin/includes/update-core.php
Installation Failed

Ugh.

Turns out, I needed to change my file and folder permissions to get the updates to complete successfully.

TL;DR

Folders need to be set to 775 and files to 664.

Using the Command Line

If you have command line access, you can also run the following commands:

Folders to 775

find /path/to/site/ -type d -exec chmod 775 {} \;

Files to 664

find /path/to/site/ -type f -exec chmod 664 {} \;

Bonus

You may also need to reset the group to the wordpress group or something that makes sense for you.

chgrp -R wordpress /path/to/site/

Once you do that, you should have no problem updating your WordPress plugins!

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