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Installation Failed: How to Fix Destination Folder Already Exists Error

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If you see Installation Failed: Destination Folder Already Exists Error while installing WordPress plugin or theme?

Don’t worry… you can fix it easily.

In this tutorial, I will show you the easiest and best way to fix the Destination folder already exist error.

Installation Failed: Why Destination Folder Already Exists Error

This error occurs when you try to install a plugin or theme in your site, but the file of that plugin or theme already exists in your WordPress site which has to face this error.

If a folder with the same name already exists in your site, WordPress displays a message with this error,

Installation failed: Destination folder already exists.

This error can occur for two reasons,

  • The previous file of the WordPress Plugin or theme is not completely deleted from your site.
  • The previous installation has interruption (obstruction) which creates a destination folder.

Installation Failed: How to Fix Destination Folder Already Exists Error

Here I will show two easy ways to fix the Destination folder already exist error. You can fix this error from your site using any method.

So let’s start…

1. Using the plugin

This is the easiest way and is recommended for everyone.

First of all, install and activate the WP File Manager plugin on your site.

After activating the plugin, it will add a new menu item to your WordPress dashboard with “WP File Manager”.

Click on WP File Manager, then navigate to the / wp-content / plugins / or / wp-content / themes / folder (which you were trying to install)


Then, find the folder of the plugin or theme you were trying to install. After finding the folder, delete it.


After that, you reinstall that WordPress plugin or theme on your site.

The plugin or theme will be installed on your site without any errors.

2. Using FTP

First of all, you have to connect your WordPress site to the FTP client.

After connecting, you need to go to / wp-content / plugins / or / wp-content / themes / and search for the folder you were trying to install. After searching the folder, delete the folder.

Now you can go back to your WordPress site and install the plugin or theme again as you do.

Last thought

I would suggest you use the first method to fix the Destination folder already exists in your site.

Because in this you can easily fix this error by installing only one plugin.

But in the second method, you need an FTP client and then connect your site with it. Which can be difficult for a new blogger.

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