Directory index forbidden by Options directive: /var/www/

I am trying to fix this issues I get a forbidden error when i try and type in my ip address

error message


You don’t have permission to access / on this server.

I then checked the apache logs tail -f /var/log/apache2/error.log

The error returned was:

Directory index forbidden by Options directive: /var/www/

I have tried various approaches

chown -R www-data: /var/www/mydirectory/public_html

from what i understand from a simple explanation apache uses www-data as a user.

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I did try that i found out the issue was that i had the default virtual host running. So stopping that fixed the problem <br> <br> sudo a2dissite default

Try, <br><pre>sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/</pre>