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How to fix Virtuemart Installation Error: Warning, the Safe Path is empty

I just installed Virtuemart on a test site(Joomla 2.5x) and got the following error:

Warning, the Safe Path is empty, for safety reasons it is very important to create a folder in a path not accessible by an URL, create also a folder invoices in it to store your sensitive data secure. Our suggested path is for your system /home/username/public_html/vmfiles, use this link to the config..

after installing com_virtuemart.2.0.20b.tar.gz, using VirtueMart's VirtueMart installation procedure. In the above, "this link" links to the VirtueMart configuration page.

I proceeded to install the 2nd installation file: com_virtuemart.2.0.20b_ext_aio.tar.gz, before fixing the error.

Here is a screenshot of the error again on the VirtueMart Configuration screen:


Note: it is very important to create a folder in a path not accessible by an URL.

Everything in /home/username/public_html is accessible by a URL therefore we need to create a new directory in the same level as /home/username. To resolve the above, use CPanel to login and create a new-directory in the same directory level as /home/username and use it as the SafePath.

For example I first created /home/vm2013 and then created /home/vm2013/vmfiles and then /home/vm2013/vmfiles/invoices

Back to Joomla:

Components >> VirtueMart >> Configuration >> Templates >> Media File Settings(screenshot below).

Update Safepath: for example: /home/yourusername/vm2013/vmfiles


Save Configuration.

Thats All Folks!


0 #4 ali 2013-07-05 12:10
oppen it with firfox
0 #3 ali 2013-07-05 12:09
I hade the same problem. the save icon was not active in google chrom but i oppened with firfox and it worked.
0 #2 OJ 2013-05-24 18:54
Hi austine,
is your virtuemart version compatible with your Joomla install?
0 #1 Nwafor Austine 2013-05-18 17:15
i tried this but the save icon was not active

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