I have been having some issues with my magento connect manager. I feel like i have tried everything so I am reaching out for some help. Things I have tried...

  1. Resetting Permissions in the folder and file
  2. Took a folder from a fresh magento download and replaced it.
  3. Clear cache, log out log back in.

I'm not even sure when it happened.

I'm thinking it could be my .htaccess maybe?

When I try to access it from the backend it redirects and gives me a 404 error on the front end and has this in the url. /extension_local/index/key/0f705abce4703672f731b6f12f42681d/

If someone could help or have any suggestions I would appreciate it!


4 Answers 4


It seems like the controller Mage_Connect_Adminhtml_Extension_LocalController is not available. Please make sure that you did not delete or deactivate Mage_Connect:

  • app/code/core/Mage/Connect should exist and be readable
  • The module should not be deactivated in app/etc/modules (check all XML files)

Did all the above, but realised I was using Nginx and so it turned out to be not loading the default /downloader/index.php automatically.

Accessing the connect manager directly worked for me: www.example.com/downloader/index.php

Then added some restrictions in nginx conf to restrict to my IP address ore present basic auth login:-

location ~ /downloader/ {
    satisfy all;
    allow; #SET TO YOUR IP
    deny all;
    auth_basic "Restricted";
    auth_basic_user_file .htpasswd; #path to your password file, if there is one!
    autoindex off;
  • Amazing! +1 for thinking about security
    – Impulss
    Jul 28, 2016 at 12:33

1 Download magento in https://www.magentocommerce.com/products/downloads/magento/

  1. delete the download folder on your server, replacing by the newly downloaded magento.

NOTE: Replace only the download folder.

Good luck!


I had similar problem. Solved it by accessing using regular HTTP instead of HTTPS.

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