Nginx 403 forbidden


I am setting up a server, the plan is to host multiple static sites via NGINX.

The first one I am trying to set up, is I have already configured the DNS, and have updated the domain, name servers are correct. In the control panel the domain points to the droplet.

I have set up the NGINX config as follows:

server { listen 80; ## listen for ipv4; this line is default and $ #listen [::]:80 default ipv6only=on; ## listen for ipv6

    root /var/www/;
    index index.html index.htm;


    location / {
            try_files $uri $uri/ /index.html;

    location /doc/ {
            alias /usr/share/doc/;
            autoindex on;
            deny all;


Have also created the symbolic link to the config in /etc/nginx/sites-enabled

The file /var/www/ exists and is a valid HTML file. The chmod for /var/www is 755.

Have restarted NGINX several times, without any luck.

However, when I open up in a browser, I get 403 - why? The logs in /var/log/nginx are empty.

Looking forward for any answers/suggestions.

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Hi, i had this problem, for me problem was about nginx config in /etc/nginx/sites-available My wrong was, I had defined some unnamed locations of files and folders. so I edited the location and problem begin solved.

The answer here saved my life.

Basically, the nginx server won’t need to serve index files from a directory since routing to resources is handled by Rails, so removing the $uri/ bit was the key for me.

Glad it’s working now :]