How to fix 403 Forbidden Posted on by Jake IT Support Forum › Forums › Web Servers › Nginx › Troubleshooting › How to fix 403 Forbidden This topic contains 1 reply, has 2 voices, and was last updated by Daryll 3 years, 6 months ago. Author Posts July 11, 2014 at 7:36 am #416 JakeParticipant I recently have been running a server for a friend and have been getting alot of 403 Forbidden errors. This usually means that the user is not able to access the content. For the most part you can try to assign permissions to the user “www-data” to the webroot. Here is an official description: 403 Forbidden errors are Nginx’s way of telling “You have requested for a resource but we cannot give it to you.” 403 Forbidden is technically not an error but a HTTP status code. July 12, 2014 at 4:02 pm #436 DaryllParticipant This is indeed fixed by the following command for the most part: sudo chown -R www-data <your web directory> Author Posts You must be logged in to reply to this topic.