I was trying to install an extension to our magento store using 'Magento Downloader' but I got the following error message:

Your Magento folder does not have sufficient write permissions, which downloader requires.

As I was browsing the web for a solution one of them was to temporary set your httpdocs or 'public html' folder to '777' however upon doing this, it has now taken our website offline which you can see here: giving a "503 Service Unavailable" error and showing a Magento error page:

Service Temporarily Unavailable
The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to maintenance downtime or capacity problems. Please try again later.

How can I fix this? I tried setting the permissions back to the original ones but the same page still displays with "Service Temporarily Unavailable".


I suggest you look at this page of the Magento documentation which gives a good summary on how permissions should be set on a Magento install: http://devdocs.magento.com/guides/m1x/install/installer-privileges_after.html

  • Up Vote follow them docs
    – Bobadevv
    Jan 14 '16 at 19:37

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