WordPress update error: download failed

Sometimes WordPress can’t update itself or the plug-ins. This often happens after the installation has been moved or the username has been changed.

Downloading update from https://downloads.wordpress.org/release/wordpress-4.3.1-no-content.zip…

Download failed.: Destination directory for file streaming does not exist or is not writable.

Installation Failed

The solution is to fix the WP_TEMP_DIR in the wp-config.php. The full path looks like this on a DirectAdmin server:

define('WP_TEMP_DIR', '/home/username/domains/example.com/public_html/wp-content/uploads');

If the folder exists, and is writable for your user, WordPress will be able to update itself again.

Author: Maarten Keizer

Hosting guru. WordPress addict. n00b programmer.

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