I followed this tutorial on setting up a local web development setup without mamp. Now my problem is when I go to upload a image in WordPress I get the following error:

“Screen Shot 2013-01-05 at 10.51.42 PM.png” has failed to upload due to an error: Unable to create directory wp-content/uploads/2013/01. Is its parent directory writable by the server?

It seems like it might be some sort of permissions error, but I am not sure exactly what to change.


You need to change the file permissions on your wp-content folder (and containing folders) to 755. On your setup you can do this with:

find . -type d -exec sudo chmod 755 {} \;

Please note that using chmod -R 755 will mark both directories and files as 755.

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    Glat I could help! If my answer solved your problem, please mark it as correct using the green tick to the left of my answer – shea Jan 6 '13 at 7:17

By far the easiest way on a Mac is to right click on "uploads" , select "Get Info", then change the permissions at the bottom of the "Uploads Info" window to include read and write for the appropriate users.

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