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[Solution For] Recursive Write Permissions On Files And Folders Error

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Hi all,


like many, I've found myself in the impossibility to install Prestashop due to lack of permissions with a handful of folders and files. I've thought about 777 CHMOD all the red X folders recursively.

Not only it's an annoying task (/modules/ folder anyone?), but you'll have to CHMOD again any time you need to modify/upgrade something.


I've come across a definitive solution for this problem. It's for Pro, though.


1-> Connect to your hosting via SSH (any client).

2-> Log in as @root and then write



adduser writeanynamehere

3a-> (Optional) You can also give sudo permission to the user you just created via


4-> Then write

cd /var/www/


chown www-data:www-data * -R


usermod -a -G www-data usernameaddedatstep2

7-> (Optional) restart your web server


No more write permissions error.

Have fun ;)


Edit: Sorry, I've forgot to mention that this solution has been tested on Ubuntu Server x64 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) although it's safe to assume that, syntax aside, it should be similar for all Linux distros and versions.

Edited by alsitn (see edit history)
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