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Laravel error 403 – fix it efficiently

by | Feb 18, 2021

Laravel error 403 is one of the most common and annoying errors.

It mainly occurs due to improper permissions, ownerships, or any trouble with the .htaccess file and also missing directives.

Here at Bobcares, we usually receive many requests for fixing Laravel errors as a part of our Server Management Services.

Today, let’s see how our Support Engineers fix it.


How we fix Laravel error 403

Now let’s now see how our Support Engineers fix this error efficiently.


1. Check the permissions and ownership

Whenever we receive this error our Support Engineers initially check the permissions and ownerships of the files and folders.

And confirm that the permissions and the ownership of the files and folders are set correctly because this is one of the common reasons for this error to occur.


2. Checking the .htaccess file.

The .htaccess file also plays a major role in throwing the error message. So, we check if there are any incorrect codes in it. If so, then we either remove the code or rename the .htaccess file.

Here is the command that we run to rename the .htacess file.

mv .htaccess .htaccess-bck


3. Missing directives

Recently, one of our customers approached us with this error message on his Laravel website.

After fixing the permissions and checking the .htaccessfile, we checked for the virtual host configuration file httpd.conf placed in the path /etc/httpd/conf.d. We could see that the AllowOverride directive was missing in the configuration file.

Hence, the .htaccess file was not getting parsed by apache because the AllowOverride All directive was missing.

So, we added the below code in the virtual host configuration file.

Laravel error 403

Then we restarted Apache using the command

service httpd restart

After this, we cleared the cache and cookies. Finally, we could see the website to be working well and the error 403 disappeared.

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In short, this error mainly occurs due to bad permissions, improper ownerships and incorrect .htaccess file. Today, we saw how our Support Engineers fix this error message.


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