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“no input file specified” error in Joomla – How to resolve

by | May 27, 2021

Wondering how to resolve “no input file specified” error in Joomla? We can help you.

Here at Bobcares, we get requests from our clients to handle similar issues as a part of our Server Management Services.

Today in this article we will see how our Support Engineers fix this error for our customers.


Causes and solutions for “no input file specified” error in Joomla.

After an installation of Joomla we receive error message as shown below. This generally happens due to issues with the installation.

joomla error no input file specified

Today, let us see what could cause for the error and how our Support Techs resolved it.

  • Incorrect permission of the folder

We need to cross check the permission of the public_html directory and ensure that it is set correctly.

A recent support ticket that we noticed had the permission set as follows which triggered the error.

drwxr-x--- 27 755 nobody 4096 Feb 13 1:20 public_html/

This means that apache cannot access this folder.

Solution 1:

In order to solve the problem, we changed the permissions on the public_html directory by issuing the following commands while in the Linux shell:

chmod 755 /home/[user]/public_html
chown -R [user] public_html
chgrp -R [user] public_html


Solution 2:

Step 1: Log into Joomla admin area;

Firstly, you need to enter the admin area of your Joomla website.

Step 2: Enter Global Configuration settings;

Then, go to the System menu on the right top corner and select Global Configuration.

Step 3: Disable SEO Settings;

Finally, fix No input file specified in Joomla is to switch off Search Engine Friendly URLs, after that all have to be fine.


Solution 3:

Step 1: Rename htaccess

Firstly, rename htaccess file from htaccess.txt to .htaccess

Step 2: Download htaccess

Then, download .htaccess to desktop and add it with Notepad++ or another editor

Step 3: Rewrite Base;

Find the line that has
# RewriteBase /

Step 4: Remove # sign

Remove the # sign to uncomment

Step 5: Sub-directory;

If your site is on a sub-directory the above should appear like this,

RewriteBase /yourJoomlaRootFolder/

Step 6: Upload .htaccess

Next, use FTP to upload the .htaccess file to your web server.

Step 7: Enable SEF options
Enable SEF options again in Global Configuration.

Step 8: Refresh

Finally, refresh browser and check to see if it is working.

If it still isn’t working open .htaccess file in edit mode and search for options


and add the below right after it

Options -MultiViews

And update your changed file again, then check your menu items.

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In short, the error “no input file specified” occurs due to issues with the installation. Today, we saw how our Support Techs resolved it.


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