I am using the LAMP stack, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS version.

I installed WordPress and am trying to install a theme which I have in a .zip file

When I try to install the uploaded theme (where WP clearly says I can upload a .zip file if I have it), I keep getting the following error

"Are you sure you want to do this?

Please try again."

If I try again, the same story repeats.

Is there any way to overcome this issue. I have to be able to install this particular theme on //localhost.

www-data has privileges to create and delete on all sub directories in /var/www/html.

1 Answer 1


The directory /wp-content/ of your local installations needs permission to create directory. It is necessary to upload the package and unpack.


Maybe this should helps, if the user is www-data.

chown -R :www-data /var/www/html/wordpress/wp-content/uploads

chown -R :www-data /var/www/html/wordpress/wp-content/upgrades

Or full access to the wp-content directory sudo chmod -R 777 wp-content/


Also maybe the php.ini have not the right values to upload the package. Maybe you should try it with a small package. Or you change the php.ini of the LAMP, like the follow entries.

max_execution_time = 180
max_input_time = 600
post_max_size = 128M
upload_max_filesize = 256M

helpful link

At least, a link to a helpful thread.

  • I set all the required permissions before installing WP.
    – moonstar
    Jan 4, 2017 at 10:04
  • Maybe you should enhance your question with this information, which rights have the directories, like wp-content.
    – bueltge
    Jan 4, 2017 at 10:06
  • All of them do. I set privileges to /var/www/html and all sub directories.
    – moonstar
    Jan 4, 2017 at 10:07
  • Maybe the php.ini have not the right values, see my edit above.
    – bueltge
    Jan 4, 2017 at 10:09

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