Forbidden You don't have permission to access / on this server. Additionally, a 403 Forbidden error was encountered

i just updated my website and the was the error


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

Additionally, a 403 Forbidden error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.

is there a way i can resolve this

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There is a possibility of misconfiguration after the website update – that is, wrong file permissions are restricting the server to access the files. You should check the File permission of your web root directory which contained the index.html or index.php files.

For diagnostic correction, allow permission for all by typing:

sudo chmod -R 777 /path/to/index.html and then; sudo chown -R [username]:[group] /path/to/index.html

where username is the ‘username’ you use to login to the Droplet, and group will be www-data if your web server is Apache.

Please let us know if this tip solves your problem. If not. then we will have to correct the ‘ErrorDocument’ attribute in apache configuration file or the attribute ‘AllowOverride’ in .htaccess file.

Hi @lavgee

When the website was updated, it probably removed some files - including index.php or index.html of the directory you’re trying to view, which is why you get that error, since directory listing is not something that is enabled by default.

Which website system do you use?

You can see more detailed errors in the error log, which is located in: If using Apache, it’s default location is /var/log/apache/error.log If using Nginx, it’s default location is /var/log/nginx/error.log


I just came across this question. In addition to what has already been mentioned, I would recommend checking the answer here on how to troubleshoot common Nginx problems:

Regards, Bobby