WSGI permission denied

I have read through posts about similar issues but they all seem to be slightly different, and hence this post.

I have a domain with a website (eg. that works just fine. I am now in the process of creating a subdomain (eg. with a Flask app (the main domain is not a Flask app) which is also connected to an SQLite database (in the same folder).

After setting the A record for the subdomain, when accessing the subdomain address I get the following error message in my browser: “Forbidden. You don’t have permission to access this resource.”

What am I doing wrong?

Apache’s error log says:

[Mon Jan 06 15:48:21.300079 2020] [authz_core:error] [pid 12194] [client] AH01630: client denied by server configuration: /home/user/show/application.wsgi

The folder permissions for the root folder that holds the main Flask file ( are drwxr-xr-x (ie. 755) and owner and group is my username. All files within that folder, and within the static and templates folders are rwxr-xr-x (ie. 755). Since the Apache error log mentions application.wsgi specifically, I double-checked the permissions on it and they are also 755.

This is application.wsgi:

import sys
import logging

from show import app as application
application.secret_key = '*******'

(As a footnote, do I perhaps need to set the secret key in environment variables - is that the issue? If so, how do I do that in this case?)

This is the .conf for the subdomain:

<VirtualHost *:80>
	WSGIScriptAlias / /home/user/show/application.wsgi
	<Directory /home/user/show/>
		Order allow,deny
		Allow from all
	Alias /static /home/user/show/static
	<Directory /home/user/show/static/>
		Order allow,deny
		Allow from all
	ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/error.log
	LogLevel warn
	CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/access.log combined

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As the application.wsgi file is stored at the home directory for your user, I believe that Apache does not have access to that file so that’s why you are getting the Permissions Denied error.

You need to make sure that the Apache user has read and write access to those files. To do that find the user that the Apache service is running with:

ps aux | grep apache

And make sure that that user has the correct permissions to that folder.

Also if SELinux is enabled, make sure that Apache is allowed.

Hope that this helps1 Regards, bobby