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Forbidden

 
  Description  
     
 

You don't have permission to access this location on the site.

For example, if you access a site with the address:

http://www.SomeSite.com/news

The server should have a set of default filesnames to use under the "news" directory. For example, a common default is index.html. If the default filename doesn't exist or the default is not set correctly on the server, you will get this error.

Some web servers provide additional information and/or a secondary error number. For example, 403.1. If this occurs, check the Internet solutions list for for a better explanation and solution.

 
 
   
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Server Error

403 - Forbidden: Access is denied.

You do not have permission to view this directory or page using the credentials that you supplied.

Apache
Forbidden

You do not have permission to access this document.


Web Server at ...

 
 
Error messages will differ depending on the web server and if replaced by the web site designers.
 
   
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Fix Web Address
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Check the web URL address. Perhaps there is an typing error. For example, you might need a "https://" style address rather than "http://".

Also check if the address has a non-standard character. The only allowed characters are A-Z, a-z, 0-9 and the symbols $-_.+!*'() (a comma is not allowed).

 
   
 
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  FaultWire Staff
Posted: 8-Oct-2008
 
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You might notify the webmaster about the issue. Include the error number and the address (URL) where the error occurred along with any other relevant details.

Many sites use an email address in the form webmaster@sitename.com where you replace sitename.com with the web sites address (don't include a www). Keep in mind with the amount of spam, they may use a different address and/or it might get ignored. Check the websites' contact information to get reliable contact information.

 
   
 
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  FaultWire Staff
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The server understood the request, but is refusing to fulfill it. Authorization will not help and the request SHOULD NOT be repeated. If the request method was not HEAD and the server wishes to make public why the request has not been fulfilled, it SHOULD describe the reason for the refusal in the entity. If the server does not wish to make this information available to the client, the status code 404 (Not Found) can be used instead.

(From Hypertext Transfer Protocol -- HTTP/1.1)
 
   
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  "403 Forbidden" is supported by most Web Servers.

The four hundred series of errors indicate something was sent to the remote web server incorrectly.

 
     
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