Corrupted Archive

The followings are what to do when you receive the message saying that your .wpress archive is broken/corrupted;

  1. Re-download the .wpress backup from your exported site (instead of downloading from the Download Button, login using FTP and download the file directly from wp-content/ai1wm-backups)
  2. Upload the file from 1. using “Import from File” or to wp-content/ai1wm-backups via FTP, and then restore it from the Backups section – please watch for more details


  1. abhi

    HI Pim J,

    Please help me…..i created a backup on 8 aug 2016 and imaorted and every thing was fine

    my site git with a virus so i deleted the WordPress site and tried to import and restore the same .wpress file now it shows archive corrupted

    Kindly help i dont have any back for my site other than than .wpress file

    is it due to the version change in last 30 days, Please help

  2. Silvère

    I just bought the unlimited extension, and dot the “Corrupted Archive” message.
    So, I tried the above instruction, and now I’ve got a “The file is too large for your hosting plan.” message.
    I can assure you that disk space and database space are more than adequate.

    Can you help?


  3. Dannie

    I got this error, when trying to import. I also tried to copy the file to the backup for import, but it still says corrupted archive.

    I do not have ftp access on the old hosting. But I have downloaded the file twice with different download managers and the size is 100% identical.

    The file is 9gb so trying too many times is not really an option – especially if issues are related to something else than the transfer.

    The question is, is there a way to extract the content of the 9gb file? Or can you help me in anyway?

    Thanks in advance.

    1. Pim J

      Hi ashraf,

      I am sorry for the inconvenience.
      How did you download your backup file – from the download button or using FTP?

  4. Chick

    Im hoping this is not a waste of money and especially time. Im getting the Corrupted Archive message. This took close to 6 hours to upload, so I really need help here.

    1. Pim J


      I am sorry for the inconvenience.
      How large is your backup?
      Did you download it from the download button or directly from wp-content/ai1wm-backups using FTP?

  5. Mark

    Same as everyone else… Uploaded & ftp’d the .wpress up from 2 different sites & still the same problem & message.

  6. Isaiah Joe

    Hello, please i download the file using All in One WP migration, removed everything from the previous host, only to try importing it and received “Corrupt file” Please this is important. What do i do?

    This happened to two websites.

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