So I managed to write a peice of code that allows me to upload a zip file, im not even sure where it gets uploaded too, and I am doing it on my localhost with apache in control (www-data). the code is as follows:

public function upload_file(array $file){
    add_filter('upload_mimes', array($this, accepted_mime_type));

    if(wp_handle_upload($file, array('test_form' => false))){
        var_dump(wp_handle_upload($file, array('test_form' => false)));
        $this->error('Oops!', 'Something went wrong with the upload. Please try again.');

the error I get is: Specified file failed upload test

Im not sure whats going on, this is localhost.

  • What is going on is that you are calling wp_handle_upload() twice and the second time is failing.
    – Otto
    Sep 14, 2014 at 11:57

1 Answer 1


The error you are seeing is coming from wp_handle_upload():

// A properly uploaded file will pass this test. There should be no reason to override this one.
if ( $test_upload && ! @ is_uploaded_file( $file['tmp_name'] ) )
    return call_user_func($upload_error_handler, $file, __( 'Specified file failed upload test.' ));

I am not sure about your context, but what you are trying to do seems to not be POST upload and as such fails is_uploaded_file() check.

  • What do you mean its not a POST? how else would you call this function other then hitting submit on a form containing a file? this error does not seem clear, please explain further, and or show what you would write to make it pass. I did a var dump on is_uploaded_file($file['tmp_name']) and I got a bool true, which means that is was uploaded via HTTP POST. Turns out the second option should be 'false', as it was $test_form that was freaking out
    – TheWebs
    May 28, 2013 at 22:59
  • Hm, actually it seems to be checking for ! so not POST upload... Sorry, as much sense as I could make of it from quick look (not my area).
    – Rarst
    May 28, 2013 at 23:06

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