What is true chmod for WordPress?

For all the folders and files.

Please give some explained answer.

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All files should be writable only by your user account. So the correct permissions for files and directories are:

  • Directories: 755
  • Files: 644

You may want to secure some files:

  • wp-config.php: for maximum security, this file should be made writable by your user only or its group. This means 400 or 440 permission
  • .htaccess: 666 permission, so that WordPress can automatically generate rewrite rules for you
  • wp-content/: some plugins and themes may require write access to this directory. you will be prompted when necessary.
  • wp-content/themes/: 664 permission if you want to use the theme editor


  • Changing File Permissions
  • Hardening WordPress