How to solve the error upload_max_filesize in PHP

If you own a website where users are allowed to upload files, you might often get complaints stating that they are unable to upload files. They would be hitting an error as follows:

“Error: The uploaded file exceeds the upload_max_filesize directive in php.ini”

upload_max_filesize mentioned in the error above is the limit of the size of a file that can be uploaded to the server. The default value is normally 2M in all servers, and when someone tries to upload a file greater than 2M this error is obtained.

Users can change the value of upload_max_filesize from their cPanel itself and this post describes how to do that. First, login to your cPanel account using the cPanel login details.

 

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Once you are in the dashboard, go to Software -> Select PHP Version. It will take you to a page where you can select the PHP version and other PHP extensions. To the top right, you will notice an option ‘Switch to PHP Options’.

 

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Click on that option and you will find a list of PHP options that you can configure. To the bottom of the list, you will find upload_max_filesize. To its right, there is a drop down box with various sizes to choose from. Choose the value you require and hit ‘Apply’. Beneath it is a ‘Save’ button, click on it.

 

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For example, I choose 64M.  Before confirming the changes, you also need to consider the option ‘post_max_size’. If the size of the total upload exceeds the default 8M, it will again hit error. Hence, it is advisable to raise the value of post_max_size also in the same page.

Now, let us confirm the changes we made by uploading a phpinfo page. Create a file, say for example info.php with the following contents and upload it to the public_html folder of your domain.

My domain is copablog.com and now I can access the file in a browser as http://copablog.com/info.php. Search for upload_max_filesize and check the value. I can see that it has changed to 64M.

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Now try uploading the file again and you will be able to upload it successfully !!!

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