How to change the maximum file size you can upload to wordpress on nginx w/ php-fpm

Apache is a solid web server but my goto environment for wordpress has now changed to running it on Docker with NGINX + php7.4-fpm-alpine. To change the max file size you can upload to wordpress, you will need to make changes to two places:


In the server block set the client_max_body_size like so

server { 
    listen 443 ssl; 
    server_name '"$COMMON_NAME"'; 
    ssl_certificate /home/server.crt;
    ssl_certificate_key /home/server.key;
    root /var/www/html; 
    client_max_body_size 100M;

This setting controls how much the web server itself will allow before wordpress even comes into the picture.


Create following file if it does not exist /usr/local/etc/php/conf.d/uploads.ini and edit it like so:

file_uploads = On
memory_limit = 500M
upload_max_filesize = 100M
post_max_size = 100M
max_execution_time = 600
max_file_uploads = 50000
max_execution_time = 5000
max_input_time = 5000

You are all set! Above settings control how much wordpress will allow. Take a look at wp_max_upload_size

Tip: Verify /usr/local/etc/php/conf.d/uploads.ini is indeed the correct file to modify by running phpinfo() in PHP REPL

bash-5.0# php -a
Interactive shell

php > phpinfo();
PHP Version => 7.4.5


Configuration File (php.ini) Path => /usr/local/etc/php
Loaded Configuration File => (none)
Scan this dir for additional .ini files => /usr/local/etc/php/conf.d
Additional .ini files parsed => /usr/local/etc/php/conf.d/docker-php-ext-bcmath.ini,

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