How to Fix WordPress Failed to Open Stream Error

There is an error which says ‘failed to open stream’ error when you choose WordPress for your website in WordPress web hosting services. This error will be pointing out the locations of the scripts when the error has been occured. However it is difficult for a new user to understand it. Here in this article you will be shown on how to fix easily the WordPress failed in the open stream error.

Reason on why the Open Stream Error Occurs

Before knowing on how to fix the error it would be very helpful in understanding the causes the ‘Failed to open stream’ error in the WordPress. This type of error is occured when the WordPress is not able to load the file which is mentioned in the website code. In case of this type of error occurs the WordPress will continue to load the website and it will show only a warning message while in other times the WordPress will be showing a fatal error and it will not be able to load anything else. Here the message phrasing will be different which will be depending upon the error occured in the code as well as the reasons for its failure. It will also be giving you the clues on how to fix this issue.

Error would look like as shown below:

Warning: require(/home/website/wp-includes/load.php): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/website/wp-settings.php on line 19

Fatal error: require(): Failed opening required ‘/home/website/wp-includes/load.php’ (include_path=’.:/usr/share/php/:/usr/share/php5/’) in /home/website/wp-settings.php on line 19
Here is another example:

Last Error: 2017-06-03 12:55:10: (2) HTTP Error: Unable to connect: ‘fopen(compress.zlib:// failed to open stream: operation failed’

Here are some of the steps by which you can troubleshoot and fix the issue in the Wordpress website.

Fixing of the failed to open stream errors in WordPress

As it has been mentioned earlier the error can be caused due to many reasons and the error messages will be different depending upon the cause as well as the location of the file which is causing the error.

Here in this case each instance, which has failed to open stream phrase would be followed by a reason. When the permission is denied, no such directory or the file, operation failed and more.

Now if the error message occuring is containing ‘no such file or directory’ then you will have to look into the code for figuring out which of the file is being mentioned in a particular line.

If that is a plugin or a theme file then it would mean that the plugin or the theme file were deleted or not being installed correctly. You just have to deactivate and reinstall the theme for fixing the error.

It is also possible in a Wordpress that you are unable to locate the files because there is a missing .htaccess file in the root folder. Here you will have to go to Settings » Permalinks page which is in the WordPress admin and then click on the ‘Save changes’ for regenerating the .htaccess file.

If the error message is then followed by 'Permission denied’ then the WordPress will not be having the right permission for accessing the file or the directory reference that is in the code. For fixing this issue you will have to check the WordPress files and directory permissions and then correcting them if required.


Here the WordPress plugins will be loading the scripts from the third party sources like Google Analytics, Facebook APIs, Google Maps as well as other third party APIs.


Here some of the APIs can require authentication or they may require to change the way the developers is able to access them. Here the failure to authenticate or any incorrect access will result in the WordPress failing to open the required files.


For fixing this error you will be required to contact the plugin author for the support. This will help the user in fixing the error.