I have downloaded and installed Magento 2 but I'm getting 404 error for scripts and css. An example of my image path is: http://www.arredomobilionline.com/pub/static/frontend/Magento/luma/it_IT/images/logo.svg

I've already tried this solution:

Open up app/etc/di.xml and find the virtualType name="developerMaterialization" section. In that section you'll find an item name="view_preprocessed" that needs to be modified or deleted. You can modify it by changing the contents from Magento\Framework\App\View\Asset\MaterializationStrategy\Symlink to Magento\Framework\App\View\Asset\MaterializationStrategy\Copy

inside my deafult di.xml file as default there's:

    <virtualType name="developerMaterialization" type="Magento\Framework\App\View\Asset\MaterializationStrategy\Factory">
        <argument name="strategiesList" xsi:type="array">
            <item name="view_preprocessed" xsi:type="object">Magento\Framework\App\View\Asset\MaterializationStrategy\Symlink</item>
            <item name="default" xsi:type="object">Magento\Framework\App\View\Asset\MaterializationStrategy\Copy</item>

I tried to delete the first symlink part or change it into "copy" but it's not working.

  • What mode are you operating in? Default, developer or production? And did you run the static-deploy tool?
    – Maddy
    Commented Nov 24, 2015 at 23:27
  • I think default, I downloaded magento 2 from the Magento website and I didn't change settings. As for the static-deploy tool I'm trying to understand how it works
    – Arredod
    Commented Nov 25, 2015 at 8:09

8 Answers 8


I had the similar problem that css was not loading and admin give 404 so that Please check that mod_rewrite module is enable in server.

  • I've checked my htaccess and there's: Options +FollowSymLinks RewriteEngine on RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^arredomobilionline\.com$ [NC] RewriteRule ^(.*)$ arredomobilionline.com/$1 [R=301,L]
    – Arredod
    Commented Nov 23, 2015 at 13:17
  1. Change "Magento\Framework\App\View\Asset\MaterializationStrategy\Symlink" to "Magento\Framework\App\View\Asset\MaterializationStrategy\Copy" in app/etc/di.xml file (line 598)
  2. Run via ssh: php bin/magento setup:static-content:deploy
  3. Next command: chmod -R 777 pub/*
  4. And finally: rm -rf var/*

This steps works fine for me ; )

  • Can changing this <item name="view_preprocessed" xsi:type="object">Magento\Framework\App\View\Asset\MaterializationStrategy\Copy</item> bring any performance problems as our site is running very slow?
    – Webninja
    Commented Apr 1, 2017 at 7:57

I had the same problem. This command works for me

php bin/magento setup:static-content:deploy

You should setup the permissions: http://devdocs.magento.com/guides/v2.0/install-gde/install/file-system-perms.html

  • I've set 777 permission to every file
    – Arredod
    Commented Nov 23, 2015 at 13:30

give full permission for pub/static folder and run below php script

php D:\xampp\htdocs\magento2ee\bin\magento setup:static-content:deploy

(mention path is my local system and i run the script after going to php folder )

  • is it working fine in local setup??
    – Elangovan
    Commented Dec 21, 2015 at 13:47

First, Check if the CSS and JS files have proper permissions. Then clear var/cache, var/page_cache and var/generation folders.

The try to run this command: magento setup:static-content:deploy - more details on this command are available here- http://devdocs.magento.com/guides/v2.0/config-guide/cli/config-cli-subcommands-static-view.html

Now run your frontend URL. JS and CSS files should start coming now.

Hope this helps !!


add "Copy" instead of "copy" it will work


I had a similar issue with the store of a client. The problem was that Apache isn't following symlinks on this hosting environment. It returns 403 forbidden for symlinked static content files.

A workaround solution was to switch to production mode.

bin/magento deploy:mode:set production

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