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One of the settings available in Joomla 3.0 is the Path to Temp Folder. It's safe to assume that this temporary folder is used for miscellaneous purposes, and the files stored in this folder are most likely deleted or moved to a more permanent location almost immediately after being put in the tmp folder.


What is the Temp Folder used for?

In an attempt to find out what the temp folder is used for, we changed the permissions of the folder to 000, so that no files could be written to it. We then ran a few tests to find out what processes use the temp folder, as they should report an error because of the changes we made.

The tmp folder is defined here:

File: configuration.php
public $tmp_path = '/home/bradm/public_html/github2/tmp';

Components within Joomla can reference this setting by use of the following code:


We scanned all the files in Joomla that reference the temp folder, and it appears that in most cases, the tmp folder is used to extract compressed files. For example, if you upload a component in a .zip format, Joomla will use the tmp folder to first unzip the contents of the file.


What error do I get if there is a problem with the Temp Folder?

In our testing, when we removed all permissions from the temp folder and tried to upload a Joomla module in a .zip format, Joomla 3.0 gave us the following errors:

Warning: Failed to move file!

JFolder: :files: Path is not a folder. Path: /home/bradm/public_html/github2/tmp/install_503f7ef32c55c

JFolder: :folder: Path is not a folder. Path: /home/bradm/public_html/github2/tmp/install_503f7ef32c55c

JFolder: :files: Path is not a folder. Path: /home/bradm/public_html/github2/tmp/install_503f7ef32c55c

JInstaller: :Install: Cannot find Joomla XML setup file

Archive does not exist


To change the location of your temp folder:

  1. Log into your Joomla 3.0 admin dashboard
  2. In the left menu, click the Global Configuration link
  3. At the top of the page, you will see several tabs such as Site, System, Server, etc. Click the Server tab.
  4. Next to Path to Temp Folder, enter the full path to your tmp folder and then click the Save button in the top left of the page.

    By default it will be set to (path/to/joomla)/tmp

    If the new temp folder does not exist, Joomla 3.0 will attempt to create it the next time it needs it.

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n/a Points
2015-10-28 12:49 pm


JFolder::create: Could not create directoryPath: /clickandbuilds

Warning: Failed to move file!

JFolder: :files: Path is not a folder. Path: /clickandbuilds/Joomla/MyCMS3/tmp/install_5630f8b6cc5bb

JFolder: :folder: Path is not a folder. Path: /clickandbuilds/Joomla/MyCMS3/tmp/install_5630f8b6cc5bb

JFolder: :files: Path is not a folder. Path: /clickandbuilds/Joomla/MyCMS3/tmp/install_5630f8b6cc5bb

JInstaller: :Install: Cannot find Joomla XML setup file


need help to this issue. thanks in advance

41,915 Points
2015-10-28 6:29 pm
Hello Joe,

As per the the warning it appears that the designated path is either incorrect or doesn't exist. If you moved your installation and did not recreate the path structure previously used, then Joomla may be looking for something that existed in its previous location. Check out this post. It may provide the answer you're searching for.

I hope this helps to answer your question, please let us know if you require any further assistance.

Arnel C.
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2014-10-27 3:57 pm

I have a problem while displaying the .xls files using ari doc viwer.pls help

43,761 Points
2014-10-27 4:17 pm
Hello Darshan,

What kind of issues are you having with the viewer? Are you getting an error? If so, what is the message?

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
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2014-07-05 1:12 am

Other errors that can indicate a bad path.

The archive file is corrupt, truncated or archive parts are missing


Note: The absolute path is the best way to ensure the tmp location will be found.

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