How to fix Joomla ‘save failed with the following error. Invalid Parent id’

Menu Manager > Select All > Rebuild

Categories > Select All > Rebuild

Now create a new category called ‘temp’ and ‘BATCH’ move all other categories to it (retaining access levels). When that has completed, select all articles and move back to root location.

And Fixed 🙂

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10 Responses

  1. Sotiris says:


  2. Jeff L says:

    Thanks a bunch…this has plagued me for a long time. I could still build articles, and save them, but “save & close didn’t work (wouldn’t close and would give the error). This started when I migrated from 1.5 to 2.5….solution re-ardered everything and, voila, no errors


  3. suman mzn says:

    When that has completed, select all ***articles*** and move back to root location…. I think it should be CATEGORY instead of ARTICLES, I was confused for a while :), thanks anyways!!

  4. Marti says:

    It didn’t work for me in the first place. But after I make a temp root category and move all the menus there. I successfully rebuild category tree, and now it works!

  5. Muzzafar Zabidin says:

    I know this post is long time ago. I still want to say thank you FACADE. It really work

  6. Bhaumik Kotak says:

    This trick loose the category tree, when you have multi level category, do you have any solution which can be applied to the multi level category tree, because I am loosing my category tree ordering, when I move back categories from temp to root.

  7. Amin says:

    Thanks. it works.

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