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WordPress Updates Fails with cURL error 18: transfer closed with X bytes remaining to read

October 28, 2019

While doing routine WordPress updates I came across this error:

cURL error 18: transfer closed with X bytes remaining to read

After some investigation I found that my hosting server was unable to download files. Much of the advice I found suggests issues with cURL, PHP, or WordPress. If possible I advise checking the host server first. Verify that it can download the update file.

2 Comments

ABHISHEK AMBAD
ABHISHEK AMBADAugust 27, 2020 at 8:47:22 am

in my case it is in localhost, I am running wordpress in xampp, What should I do??

Jason Holden
Jason HoldenAugust 27, 2020 at 11:28:17 am

@Abhishek your platform shouldn't matter. If you have console access to your hosting server I suggest logging in and attempting to download a file outside of the platform. If not, you could mock a simple cURL call (again outside of XAMPP or whatever platform you're using). If all else fails you should still be able to update Wordpress manually.

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