How to Increase PHP Upload Limit

How to Increase PHP Upload Limit

In some cases, default server settings may not let you upload larger files via your website. This tutorial shows how to increase PHP upload limit in cPanel or by modifying .htaccess file.

What you’ll need

Before you begin this guide you’ll need the following:

  • Access to your hosting account’s cPanelOR
    • Ability to connect via FTP client

Option 1 – Increasing PHP upload Limit in cPanel

If you don’t have access to cPanel, please refer to Option 2.

Step 1 — Opening up PHP Settings

Log in to your cPanel and navigate to Select PHP Version –> Switch to PHP Options:

Select PHP Version

Switch to PHP Options

Step 2 — Changing Upload Limit values

Let’s say you are having an error while trying to upload 19 Mb WordPress theme file through your WordPress Admin Area.
The following configuration illustrates appropiate settings for this example:

  • Set memory_limit to 128M. memory_limit describes the maximum amount of memory a script can allocate. It is recommended to set this to maximum available value. Letter M stands for megabytes.
  • Set upload_max_filesize to 64M. upload_max_filesize describes a maximum size of an uploaded file. It must be larger than the theme file mentioned in the example.
  • Set post_max_size to 64M. post_max_size has a similar functionality to upload_max_filesize. Make it larger than 19 MB (theme file) as well.

Increasing Upload Limits

Don’t forget to Save the changes.

IMPORTANT! Your cPanel may be a bit different and you may not have found Select PHP Version section. Consult your hosting provider about modifying PHP variables.

Alternatively you can use cPanel’s File Manager to locate .htaccess file and modify it accordingly. Refer to Option 2 for explanations.

Option 2 – Increasing PHP Upload Limit Using .htaccess

If there is no possibility to edit PHP settings via your cPanel, you can use another method which involves editing your .htaccess file by connecting via FTP Client. The following tutorial explains connecting via FTP Client in detail:

Note that .htaccess file is a hidden file, therefore you would need to enable its visibility.

Add the following lines to .htaccess file to increase upload limit:

php_value memory_limit 128M

php_value upload_max_filesize 64M

php_value post_max_size 64M


You have learned how to increase PHP upload limit in cPanel. You have also learned an alternative method to accomplish that using .htaccess file by connecting via FTP Client.

Note that your website settings may be overriding server configuration. In this case, you would need to configure these settings separately.

The author

Edgaras G.

Edgaras is a veteran server administrator at Hostinger. He makes sure that every server runs at full throttle and has all the latest technological advancements. When he's not working, Edgaras enjoys skiing and exploring the world.