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Location of php.ini to increase file upload size

Thread began 11/22/2011 5:13 am by mike.gallagher285858 | Last modified 11/23/2011 1:04 pm by Dani Chankhour | 3877 views | 3 replies |


Location of php.ini to increase file upload size

Hi Everyone,
I need to change the maximum upload size for uploading a file using Universal Email.

The FAQs in support give me instructions on how to edit a php.ini file but I can't find this file and it wasn't generated in the webassist folder. The form works fine.

Please can anyone tell me where or how to find this file or let me know if there is another file which I should edit.

Also what is the maximum file size I will be able to upload?

I've been to the page linked to in the FAQs i.e. ini.list.php but I'm afraid as a less experienced coder it makes no sense to me.

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Dani Chankhour

the location of the php.ini varies between different servers. In addition, some hosting providers don't provide access to the php.ini.

You can try increasing the upload size in php using the following:

ini_set("post_max_size", "30M");
ini_set("upload_max_filesize", "30M");
ini_set("memory_limit", -1 );

But some servers don't allow to overwrite the values in php and required to use the php.ini.

If the above did not work (you can test it by using phpinfo() after), contact your hosting to help you increase the upload size.

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php.ini - I'm still a little confused

Hi Dani,

Thank you for your reply. I've contacted my hosting company (1and1) and have been given the rather lengthy reply shown below.

It's all a bit confusing for me although I can edit code, I'm just very worried I do something wrong and stop the webassist form I've finally got (after several days) working to stop.

If you have got time to have a look at this and give me any advice I'd be very grateful.

My question to them .....

How can I change php.ini?

Editing the php.ini file (recommended)

Every installation of PHP has a default or global php.ini file for the default PHP settings. Normally it is suggested to leave the default or global php.ini file unaltered and to simply create your own php.ini file wherever needed to override the default settings. You can create the php.ini file using a text editor and saving the file to the folder where the settings should apply. Please note that using a php.ini file to override the default settings will only alter the PHP settings for all PHP files in the directory where it is saved. This means that any PHP files in subfolders will not recognize the changes you've made in the php.ini file. You will have to copy the file to any subdirectories needed or created symbolic links in subfolders to the custom php.ini file.

Write each directive along with its value on separate lines. Lines starting with a hash symbol (#) are comment lines and have no effect on the settings within the file.

upload_max_filesize = 10M
post_max_size = 10M
mysql.default_socket = "/kunden/tmp/mysql5.sock"

When I log in to my hosting account with 1and1 I get as far as this before getting worried I might do something I shouldn’t

From Control Panel I click on New Local PHP settings and I’m given an option to type a description (not sure what to call this unless it is php.ini), choose php5, then I have to check On or Off for the following PHP settings (they are all currently off).

Register globals
Allow URL fopen
Allow URL include
Display errors
Zend Framework

AND FINALLY --- I have to select a directory i.e.


I just a bit wary I make a major mistake – any advice would be much appreciated.

Huge Thanks


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Dani Chankhour

The instruction of that were given in the first part of the email sounds correct.

I would follow those instructions by creating the php.ini file and adding the needed value in the same location as the file itself. This would be the safest, since you can just delete the php.ini if something went wrong.

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