When I try to update wordpress from 3.2.1 to the latest one it stalls and does nothing. It used to ask for my ftp details, which I looked up online and added this to the wp-config:

/** Setup FTP Details **/
define("FTP_HOST", "localhost");
define("FTP_USER", "your-ftp-username");
define("FTP_PASS", "your-ftp-password");

This seems to have stopped it asking for ftp details, but it gets to a page and just does nothing, below is a screen shot of what I see. Any ideas of whats going wrong?

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  • What do your error logs say? Aug 22, 2012 at 22:37
  • Where are they?
    – RSM
    Aug 22, 2012 at 22:38
  • If you're on a shared hosting env...probably somewhere in your docroot. If you have a linux install using apache try looking in /etc/apache2/ Aug 22, 2012 at 22:39
  • error_log has nothing in it
    – RSM
    Aug 22, 2012 at 22:39

1 Answer 1


Try adding all of the following:

define('FS_METHOD', 'ftpext');
define('FTP_BASE', '/path/to/wordpress/');
define('FTP_CONTENT_DIR', '/path/to/wordpress/wp-content/');
define('FTP_PLUGIN_DIR ', '/path/to/wordpress/wp-content/plugins/');
#define('FTP_PUBKEY', '/home/username/.ssh/id_rsa.pub');
#define('FTP_PRIKEY', '/home/username/.ssh/id_rsa');
define('FTP_USER', 'username');
define('FTP_PASS', 'password');
define('FTP_HOST', 'ftp.example.org');
define('FTP_SSL', false);

This is sourced from the official wp-config document here.

  • unfortunately didn't work
    – RSM
    Aug 23, 2012 at 8:56
  • @RyanMurphy You will need to take a look at your folder permissions and make sure your Apache user or group it belongs to can write to your directories. Aug 23, 2012 at 12:09
  • i done a chmod 777 on folders etc and still didnt work
    – RSM
    Aug 23, 2012 at 15:08
  • @RyanMurphy I would contact your host and see if they have any restrictions... Aug 23, 2012 at 16:10

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