Magento Connect Permissions

If you access Magento Connect and it’s telling you to check the write permissions (see image below), there’s a simple way to fix this.

Open up your SSH client and go to the directory where Magento is installed. Once you are there, copy and paste the following command:

  1. find . -type d -exec chmod 777 {} ;

That will change the permissions on all the directories to writable, and you should be able to use Magento Connect now.

You may also need to change the permissions on the pear download file to be able to properly install Magento Connect packages:

  1. chmod 777 downloader/pearlib/download/package.xml

Magento Connect write permissions error

After you’ve done what you’ve need to do in Magento Connect, reset your permissions.

NOTE: You will typically see this error in hosting environments where PHP is running as an Apache module (mod_php, DSO). That means, when you try to use Magento Connect, it’s going to run as user nobody instead of your username. You must use SSH to upgrade Magento.