I would like to use Auto Update feature to update wordpress. I see this question was asked 5 years ago I would prefer doing the upgrade using Automatic update instead of manual process and fix what's broken or the cause in my environment

My Environment

  • FTP is enabled
  • I am able to install themese using the same ftp account
  • Permissions on website directory drwxr-xr-x

Sequence of steps

when i hit Update now and then type ftp password and hit proceed

Downloading update from https://downloads.wordpress.org/release/wordpress-4.4.2-partial-1.zip

Unpacking the update…

Verifying the unpacked files…

The update could not be unpacked

Installation Failed

What i have tried

  • Change permissions to 777
  • Found this on wordpress.org "one-click updates without entering FTP credentials" so my website does ask for FTP credentials, not sure how to make it one-click
  • I had a similar problem. Wordpress upgrade failed with an unpacking issue. It was a Vsftpd 3.0.2 bug in fact on Debian. Now I use unstable 3.0.3 and it works perfectly. Reference: insanepengu.in/…
    – wawash
    Commented Feb 3, 2017 at 10:32

1 Answer 1


I had to change the ownership of the directory

Current Ownership was username:www-data

Changed it to www=data:www-data

after this it's not asking for my ftp password anymore and update is working with just one click




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