Joomla: Folders that need to be writable

Do you have a fresh Joomla installation? If yes then you should set the permission of these folders to be writable by your web server before you can install any Joomla extension. You can see the list of folders that need to be writable from this page: System > System Information > Directory Permissions, make sure the status of all these folders are writable.

  • administrator/components
  • administrator/language
  • administrator/language/bg-BG
  • administrator/language/da-DK
  • administrator/language/nl-NL
  • administrator/language/ja-JP
  • administrator/language/hr-HR
  • administrator/language/en-GB
  • administrator/language/es-ES
  • administrator/language/el-GR
  • administrator/language/pt-BR
  • administrator/language/de-DE
  • administrator/language/overrides
  • administrator/language/pl-PL
  • administrator/language/ru-RU
  • administrator/language/fr-FR
  • administrator/language/it-IT
  • administrator/manifests/files
  • administrator/manifests/packages
  • administrator/manifests/libraries
  • administrator/modules
  • administrator/templates
  • components
  • images
  • images/jsn_is_thumbs
  • images/content
  • images/headers
  • images/stories
  • images/sampledata
  • images/extensions
  • images/cliparts
  • images/banners
  • language
  • language/en-GB
  • language/overrides
  • libraries
  • media
  • modules
  • plugins
  • plugins/jsnimageshow
  • plugins/search
  • plugins/content
  • plugins/extension
  • plugins/system
  • plugins/editors
  • plugins/jsnpoweradmin
  • plugins/editors-xtd
  • plugins/quickicon
  • plugins/user
  • plugins/twofactorauth
  • plugins/authentication
  • plugins/captcha
  • plugins/finder
  • templates
  • configuration.php
  • cache
  • administrator/cache
  • logs
  • tmp

Note: this folders are based on Joomla 3.3.3

and here is the CHMOD command to set the permission of these folders to be writable

after you installed the joomla components don’t forget to set the folder permission to 0644

taken from http://stackoverflow.com/questions/18352682/correct-file-permissions-for-wordpress

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