How To Configure Joomla’s FTP File System Layer

Date: June 30, 2011 |admin | Joomla

How To Configure And Enable Joomla’s FTP File System Layer read more………….. ***ONLY do this if you have errors after you have installed Joomla. These errors will likely first arise when you try to install a new extension, such as a new template. In fact, that is an excellent way to pro-actively test if you need to enable the FTP file system layer. Go to one of the Joomla theme clubs that offer some free templates, like,,,, etc, and try installing a free template. I show you how to install a new template at 5:15 in this tutorial: If the install fails with errors, then, and only then, will you need to enable the FTP file system layer. Note that in this tutorial I make an new ftp account for my joomla instance to interface with, but I realize that some hosts (usually the free ones) don’t let you make new ftp accounts as they ONLY let you use the ONE ftp account that they give you. If this is the case, simply use THAT ftp account then. Also, make sure you adjust the “ftp root” setting appropriately. What it needs to know is “Where is the Joomla instance (the folder where joomla’s index.php file is, ie public_html) relative to the root of the ftp account. The root of most default ftp accounts is the parent of the public_html folder, so you will probably have to adjust by using the value “/public_html/” as the ftp root parameter. If in doubt, try “/” first. If joomla throws an error when you apply, try



Date: January 12, 2010 |

just one thiing, at RocketTheme tutorials there is a video in which it explains how to install the rocketluncher and in that proccess he does not use the joomla extention instalation, even know u said it must be installed using joomla otherwise the database does not work?


Date: January 12, 2010 |

ahhhhh, right, rocketlauncher is like joomla plus all the rockettheme addons all packaged together and so it all gets installed when you install joomla.


Date: March 26, 2010 |

Thanks MAn you saved me alot of time and taught me something for future success!


Date: April 8, 2010 |

When i try to enable FTP its says

JFTP::write: Bad response
JFTP::delete: Bad response

help me


Date: April 14, 2010 |

Woah! Thanks Alex! making the root and tmp folders relative to Joomla was the answer – I was going crazeee!


Date: May 14, 2010 |

Hello I would like to ask you.: what I want to upload files to my site so that other people can download. what am I need here for? Thanks


Date: May 19, 2010 |

Very good and clear. Thanks


Date: June 3, 2010 |

hey i am getting error
JFTP::login: Unable to login
JFTP::write: Unable to use passive mode
An Error has occurred! Unable to open configuration.php file to write!


Date: July 5, 2010 |

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Date: July 5, 2010 |

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Date: July 23, 2010 |

Alex is there any way once you’ve set up a joomla site to transfer it to another using FTP? I’ve been making a site on a different domain but didn’t wantt to publish it until it was far enough along. Now I’m ready but it doens’t seem to transfer


Date: July 23, 2010 |

using ftp will transfer the files, but not the db. also, the file configuration.php would have to be altered as well.
use a joomla module like Akeeba Backup to do it properly. that’s what i use.


Date: July 31, 2010 |

alex i want to add my own music to my site do you have any ideas or a video that i may have missed that could help me with this problem..thanks


Date: September 29, 2010 |

Hi thanks for the video. I have followed it but I am still getting jftp::write:bad response
an error has occurred! unable to open configuration.php file to write.
Any suggestions?


Date: September 30, 2010 |

Alex, thanks a milion for your video. Although i only needed the last 20 seconds of the vid ;-). changing the rights of the configuration.php did it. Thanks again. Harold – Netherlands


Date: December 7, 2010 |

Thanx!!! You make it clearer!!!!
A great help and quite a significant step is to configure the FTP layer.

I could not update mine for 2 months as the setting root directory wasn’t clear enough. Now I will have some fun!


Date: December 16, 2010 |

Thx. Good vid.


Date: December 30, 2010 |

sir may i ask.. no offense sir. but what is the point of a FTP file?, i really dont have a clue.. is it jjust like a RAR file?… will i download FTP files faster rather than a normal download?… thank you..


Date: January 12, 2011 |

Thanks Alex. Another great tutorial.


Date: January 15, 2011 |

@vilepium hey “vilepium” I guess U really havent got well acquainted with all these features/functions of web-hosting, so 1st of all just try reading good books,cause your method of collecting Knowledge “by asking here and there” may be seeming a good shortcut but may not be truly beneficial in the long run.


Date: January 26, 2011 |

is anyone could helop me in doing a file system with the topic chosen “SSS (SOCIAL SECURITY SYSYTEM) INFORMATION SYSTEM”? please help me… I’m an I.T. student…


Date: February 10, 2011 |

thanks, it’s helpful


Date: February 10, 2011 |

thanks Alex, it’s helpful


Date: May 18, 2011 |

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Date: May 22, 2011 |

Hello, when i try to enable it i get this error
JFTP::write: Bad response
JFTP::delete: Bad response
All files ar chmoded…….

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