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When I try installing LAMP Server and try to check if my apache2 has installed correctly, I get the message error 403 forbidden

Posted June 28, 2014 1.7k views

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

This is the error.Kindly help. I am using Ubuntu.

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Your web server is ran by a special user, probably “www-data”. This user has to have permissions over the folders accessed by the internet in order to display them.

You can set permissions like this:
sudo chown -R username:group /path/to/folder

So your command might look something like this:
sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www

After thats done restart your web server with:
sudo service apache2 restart

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