Fix The package could not be installed. PCLZIP_ERR_MISSING_FILE (-4) : Missing archive file

If you encounter the error The package could not be installed. PCLZIP_ERR_MISSING_FILE (-4) : Missing archive file when trying to install or update a plugin or theme, it can be a simple fix (although frustrating to deal with when first encountering it). The key to what’s going on is in the message, and it relates to a missing folder necessary to update plugins and themes.

The package could not be installed. PCLZIP_ERR_MISSING_FILE (-4)

At some stage you may encounter the message above and the cause can be from an accidental removal of a temp folder or misconfigured file. Thankfully though, you can be back up and running in next to no time by applying the fix to The package could not be installed. PCLZIP_ERR_MISSING_FILE (-4) : Missing archive file. This is how to fix it.

1. Go to Your wp-content folder. You can access the wp-content folder by using a file manager on your hosting or using FTP. The location will be domain/wp-content (where domain is the website domain name)

2. When you are in wp-content create new folder under wp-content and call it temp.

3. Download your wp-config file from your server to your computer. This is just in case you make a mistake and have a backup which you can quickly restore. Open the wp-config file and search for the following line of code.

if ( !defined('ABSPATH') )
    define('ABSPATH', dirname(__FILE__) . '/');

4. Add following line of code after that line.

/*Set WordPress temporary directory */
define('WP_TEMP_DIR', ABSPATH . 'wp-content/temp');

5. Save the wp-config.php file. If you edited it on your PC upload it to the website

This will solve the The package could not be installed. PCLZIP_ERR_MISSING_FILE (-4) : Missing archive file error and allow you to upload and update themes and plugins.

https://learnwp.swiftdesigns.com.au/how-many-plugins-are-too-many-on-a-wordpress-website/Now read how many plugins are too many for a WordPress website

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Written by: John Cook

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About: I'm John Cook. I'm a qualified web developer and data scientist, currently undertaking a Masters of data science at UNSW and a Masters of information technology with a specialisation in cybersecurity at CSU in Australia, a blogger, developer and WooCommerce fanboy. As the founder of Swift Designs, WC Success Academy, Wiz Plugins, Commerce Mania and Learn WP by Swift Designs, my goal is to empower website owners around the world to take full control of their WordPress powered websites. I've been developing websites for close to 10 years and have a deep understanding of WordPress and how it works. As an active plugin developer with several plugins in the WordPress plugin repository, this gives me a unique understanding of the inner workings of WordPress. My goal with Learn WP is to allow WordPress website owners the ability to discover the true potential WordPress has to offer in an uncomplicated and easy to understand way
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