How to turn off magic quotes gpc for Joomla 3


  • Go to MAMP application >> Preferences (button) >> PHP (tab) >> Choose 5.3.1 or greater >> choose OK.
  • Go to the MAMP folder >> bin >> php >> php5.3.26 >> conf >> edit php.ini >> add “magic_quotes_gpc = Off” a few lines above “magic_quotes_sybase = Off”.
  • Restart MAMP’s servers.

For most mainstream hosting companies running a CGI-Webinterface

  • Create a php.ini or php5.ini file with the following:
magic_quotes_gpc = Off
  • Put it in your Joomla 3 root. Then change the htaccess.txt in your Joomla 3 root to .htaccess. Add the following lines to the .htaccess file (at the top), don’t forget to change php.ini to php5.ini when applicable :
<IfModule mod_suphp.c>
suPHP_ConfigPath /home/myusername/public_html/yourJ3folder
<Files php.ini>
order allow,deny
deny from all
Change “myusername” and “yourJ3folder” to your respective folders. The “/home/myusername/public_html/yourJ3folder” can be found via the Global Configuration:
In Joomla backend > System > System Information > [Directory Permissions], the folder is usually the same as the log directory (but without /logs at the end).

.htaccess for some hosts

For some hosts, add the following to the .htaccess file in the root of your site (for example /home/myusername/public_html/.htaccess)
php_flag magic_quotes_gpc off

Yet Another Solution For Shared Hosts

  • create a php.ini file at your Joomla! root.
  • Add this content to the file and save
magic_quotes_gpc = Off
magic_quotes_runtime = Off
magic_quotes_sybase = Off
  • Edit your .htaccess file and add this line at the top and save the file
SetEnv PHPRC /home/youruser/public_html/php.ini
  • Test if the error message goes away

Another solution (for the hosts where PHP is running as FCGI module)

Works for PHP 5.3 and higher
  • create a .user.ini file at your Joomla! root.
  • Add this content to the file and save
magic_quotes_gpc = Off
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