Corrupted Archive

If you receive the message saying that your .wpress archive is broken/corrupted;

  1. Re-download the .wpress backup from your exported site through FTP (instead of downloading from the Download Button, login using FTP and download the backup file directly from wp-content/ai1wm-backups)
  2. Upload the file that you extracted in step 1. using “Import from File” or upload it 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. Prafull Malviya

    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?

    And how do I send you me backup on your email address ?

  7. Banana

    Wanted to say that this worked for me. It was awesome that the error that popped up linked to this page, and then the instructions here helped!

    Thanks very much!

  8. zeke woollett

    Hi – I’ve tried all sorts of methods (ftp/download/upload) with 2 different backup files and still get the same “corrupt file” error message – anything else I can try?

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