Upgrading /Installing WordPress Plugins will Ask FTP Details Sender

To perform the requested action, WordPress needs to access your web server. Please enter your FTP credentials to proceed. If you do not remember your credentials, you should contact your web host.
I’ve seen this error a few times and believe I know the easiest fix when you run into this on unix hosting.

Everytime I’ve seen: “To perform the requested action, WordPress needs to access your web server. Please enter your FTP credentials to proceed. If you do not remember your credentials, you should contact your web host.”

… it was a permissions issue.

If you’re on a ‘nix box make sure you chown the files to be that of apache or whatever your httpd user is.

cd /var/www/html/wordpress_website.com/
chown -R apache:apache *

This way when wordpress commands apache to download and install files, your OS will allow it to do so without the use of FTP.

And dont even bother configuring FTP for this purpose, its a pain.

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So just in case you have this issue you can add your FTP account in your wp-config.php. Here how to do it:
1. Download your wp-config.php, open it in your favorite text editor.
2. Insert these lines somewhere in your wp-config.php, but i prefer put it under database code:

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/*** FTP login settings ***/
define(“FTP_HOST”, “localhost”);
define(“FTP_USER”, “ftp-user”);
define(“FTP_PASS”, “ftp-password”);
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Note: don’t forget to change “ftp-user” and “ftp-password” to your ftp account credential
3. Save and upload your wp-config.php file again.
4. Test it, and it should be fine now.

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