How do you fix the 403 forbidden issue when downloading with wget?


I have noticed that whenever trying to download files from the server using wget on Debian 9 Stretch, I always seem to get a 403 forbidden issue, despite being able to download the file just fine from a graphical browser.

Can this be fixed, and if so, how? Also, is there a way to only allow certain types of files to be downloaded?

Thank you very much :slight_smile:
Have a nice day!

I’m sorry, but that can’t be “fixed”. It’s caused by a security system which is enabled on all websites, which is documented here:

In short, it boils down to the fact that we provide a website hosting service, not a file sharing service. That means that our hosting is intended to be used to host content to be viewed as web pages in a browser, not to provide files for download. There are specialized file sharing services which work far better for that purpose.

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