So I downloaded a plugin that sets your max_file_upload to 250 MB and I set my php.ini to the same. I own server so it is not a server issue - I have many apps that upload very large video files.

When I am trying to upload a file, no matter how large (up to 200MB tested), it shows that the file uploads in the progress bar. If it were going over the upload limit I get an error telling me the file is too big - but this is not the case.

Instead of a second or two after hitting 100% on the progress bar, it times out with "HTTP error". Seems like a memory issue with WP so I added define('WP_MEMORY_LIMIT', '250MB');

Doesn't work. Let me know what else I can do. It is not an issue with the server. When I do phpinfo it shows 250M and I have uploaded many files larger than 8M on other apps on the same server.

Name of the plugin is PBP Increase upload limit. Also when I do not have the plugin on I cannot download big files at all. With the plugin, I can download the file - but when it gets to the "crunching" progression it faults out with the HTTP error.

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    What is the plugin you are using? Have you tried that plugin's support forum?
    – Dan
    Jan 13 '14 at 21:49

In your php.ini make sure you're changing both of the following lines.

upload_max_filesize = 250M
post_max_size = 250M

If you are using FastCGI as your PHP engine you'll also need to up its limit in Apache. Try adding FcgidMaxRequestLen to your VirtualHost (see http://httpd.apache.org/mod_fcgid/mod/mod_fcgid.html#fcgidmaxrequestlen for more info on the directive).

Finally, if you're on NGINX you might need to set

client_max_body_size 20M;

You'll do this under the http section of nginx.conf (see http://wiki.nginx.org/HttpCoreModule#client_max_body_size for more information)

  • Chris - I have tried the php.ini file several times and it never works. I am on W2008 so don't know if that makes a difference. The plugin allows the initial download to start but it doesn't complete.
    – STing
    Jan 16 '14 at 15:32
  • Are you using IIS or another web server? Jan 17 '14 at 15:50

I had a heck of a time figuring this out because I had WordPress installed on Windows Server 2016 IIS and nearly all instructions and plugins related to hosted Linux installs. I created a short video of the solution you can see here:


I hope this helps.

  • Answers should be self-explanatory, and not depending on external links. So it would be best to include all necessary information into the answer. Thanks.
    – Nicolai
    Apr 24 '18 at 17:13

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