“This does not appear to be a WXR file, missing/invalid WXR version number” error

Sometimes when you are trying to import content using the WordPress importer (i.e. – demo content import), you may face an error like this:


This does not appear to be a WXR file, missing/invalid WXR version number.

There are several possible reasons for this error, but in most cases it’s missing php function on your server configuration.

Whenever you get this error, first thing to do would be contacting your hosting support and ask if the SimpleXML PHP module is active for your server.

Tip: Most probably the SimpleXML PHP module is not active

Other Possible Reasons and Solutions

There are other possible reasons for that error, but these are really rare cases.

The first would require to manualy check your XML file and, near the top part, add the line “<wp:wxr_version>1.1</wp:wxr_version>” (without quotes) right after the language declaration part. You can find more information in the WordPress Support Forums.

Another rare possibility is that PHP safe_mode might be turned on for your hosting server. The safe_mode options being “ON” does not necessarily mean that it is the cause of the issue, but it’s worth checking this too. Like in the first (and most probable) case, you will need to contact your hosting support and ask if safe_mode is turned on.

If you know for other possible reasons and solutions, we’d be happy to discuss in comments.

About the Author:

Dimitar Koev is a graphic and web designer, front-end developer and marketing expert. CEO & founder of the Althemist team (previously known as Koev) - an independent envato market author, focused on building WordPress themes with strong e-commerce accent.

4 thoughts on ““This does not appear to be a WXR file, missing/invalid WXR version number” error

  • JanFebruary 15, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    No answer!! I am extremely disappointing. Looks like I paid money for nothing. If this is how you service your customers I have no other option than claim my money back and buy another theme.

    • AlthemistFebruary 15, 2018 at 6:04 pm

      We have already answered. You’d need to set your server properly and this is not theme related question.

      Also, please note that this is not the place to ask for support! It’s an informative blog article. Please, kindly post your questions in the support forums, so we can assist you!

  • JanFebruary 15, 2018 at 4:55 am

    OK, I run my own apache server, can not get help from a host.
    I surfed the internet and found many different solutions on how to alter my php.ini file. None of them works.
    Since I have very little time to set up and go live with this theme I must ask if there is another way to activate your demo in to my script.
    I Really do not have time to experiment with this issue. Would be a shame if I have to buy another theme for such a small issue, but I REALLY need to get started. It is that important for me.


    • AlthemistFebruary 15, 2018 at 10:51 am

      In this case you should just enable the SimpleXML PHP module on your server. No need to experiment. However, there is no other way to import the demo. Your server must meet the official WordPress requirements and SimpleXML is one of them.


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