[SOLVED][Drupal Ctools] Unable to create the CTools CSS Cache directory error
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BY webmaster
6 years ago
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"CTools CSS Cache. Unable to create The CTools CSS cache directory, ctools/css could not be created due to a misconfigured files directory. Please ensure that the files directory is correctly configured and that the webserver has permission to create directories." If you are getting this error message while inspecting the status reports on your Drupal site then continue reading to get the solution.

This error message occurs because you need to make sure that the files directory (sites/default/files/ctools) is writable by the webserver. Since this is a server issue the fix varies from setup to setup however the logic is the same. Here is a generic version of the solution.

  • Firstly check you file system path
  • Check if it is in the format "sites/default/files"
  • If it is then go to the files directory and assign 777 permission to sites/default/files/ctools
  • Next run CRON and then check the status reports.
  • If the error message persists simply create files/ctools/css and assign it a permission of 777.

Hope that helps.

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loneranger (not verified)
access_time 22 Aug 2019 - 21:18

Hello there,

I found your site today after searching for a solution on ctools access denied issue on my drupal backup site after an silly problem on the drupal7 language changes to the earlier site.
First of all, I would like to thank you'll for your precise/accurate answers to questions/problems on yout Site!

I'm having problem of accessing my site after changing the language.
It is deafault drupal german installation but after installation I use it for english language. It worked for a long time untill I changed the language again!

I hope, You'll understand the spesific situation here what I'm explaining.
At the moment I'm runing an 21 days old backup as my site again!

If there is an solutin for this, please kindly let me know it.

Best Regards,


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Anonymous (not verified)
access_time 22 Aug 2019 - 21:18

I cannot change the permissions of files/ctools/css

"550 Could not change perms on css: Operation not permitted"


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Anonymous (not verified)
access_time 22 Aug 2019 - 21:18

I use a Linux distro so just went into:
sites/default/files/
Then create the directly:
sudo mkdir ctools
and then gave ownership to my web server (www-data):
sudo chown www-data:www-data ctools
Then I reloaded the Status Report page in Drupal and the error message had gone.

Thanks webmaster!