Jesse Lawson

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Jan 1, 0001 - Tutorials WordPress

Solved! WordPress Asking for Local FTP Credentials on XAMPP

A few developers were asking why their localhost instances of WordPress were asking for FTP credentials when trying to install new plugins and themes. If you’re getting the dreaded “Please enter your FTP credentials” page and you’re running XAMPP for your local WP development environment, do not follow the popular StackOverflow answer that tells you to chown your wordpress folder to _www. Read more for the real fix.

There’s a Stackoverflow page that tells you to chown your local environment to _www, but according to the recent XAMPP documentation, Apache is running as user ‘daemon.’

So the fix is to go into your Terminal and cd to your local directory. If you develop a lot of wordpress stuff at the same time, you can just chown your htdocs directory (remember that you should never use XAMPP as a production environment, which means you should never follow these ideas for live sites). Here’s what you want to do:

cd /Applications/XAMPP/xamppfiles/

This will get you to the XAMPP file directory. Now we’re going to modify your htdocs directory:

sudo chown -R daemon htdocs

Enter your root password when prompted, then finish it out with a chmod call:

sudo chmod -R g+w htdocs

And you’re done!