How to Fix a WordPress “Failed to Open Stream” Error

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Last Updated on January 24, 2023

How to Fix a WordPress "Failed to Open Stream" Error

Why does a Failed to Open Stream Error Occur?

Before we attempt to solve the issue, it is helpful to know what is causing the “Failed to open stream” error in WordPress.

This error happens when WordPress cannot load the file specified in the website’s code. If this error is encountered, it is possible that WordPress will continue to load the website and display an error message, while in other instances WordPress will display an error that is fatal and not load any other file.

The wording of the message will be different based on the location where the error occurs within the code, as well as the reason for the error. The message will also provide indications of what has to be addressed.

Typically the message will appear like this:

Warning: require(/home/yoursite/wp-includes/load.php): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/website/wp-settings.php on line 42

Fatal error: require(): Failed opening required ‘/home/yoursite/wp-includes/load.php’ (include_path=’. :/usr/share/php/:/usr/share/php5/’) in /home/yoursite/wp-settings.php on line 42

How to Fix a “Failed to Open Stream” Error in WordPress

As we’ve mentioned before, the error could result from a range of causes, and the error message may differ dependent on the source and the location of the file that is creating the error.

In every instance, the failure to open stream error will be followed by a specific reason. For instance, permission denied, there is no directory or file or operation was successful or failed, and many more.

If your error message reads the words ‘no such file or directory or directory’, you will need to examine the code to determine the specific file that is mentioned on the particular line.

If it’s a plugin or theme file, it means that the theme or plugin files were either deleted or were not properly installed. Deactivate the plugin and then reinstall it.

It is possible that WordPress cannot find the files due to the absence of a .htaccess file within the root directory. If that is the scenario, you must navigate to the Settings >> Permalinks page within your WordPress administrator and click the ‘Save changes’ button to restore your .htaccess file.

When the error code is followed with the words ‘Permission denied’, this indicates that WordPress isn’t granted the appropriate permissions to access the directory or file that is referenced within the code.

To correct this issue, you must examine WordPress permissions for directory files and make any necessary corrections.

Finally, certain WordPress plugins use scripts that come from third-party sources such as Google Analytics, Facebook APIs, Google Maps, and other APIs from third-party sources.

Certain APIs might require authentication or have changed how developers access these APIs. To correct this issue problem, you must get in touch with the author of the plugin to get support. They can assist you in fixing the issue.

It’s not a fun one to solve, but hopefully, the above steps can get you at least close to a solution.

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