I installed a local version of Magento 2, but I was having issues validating the install, I was getting a 403 error on page load.


You don't have permission to access / on this server.
Server unable to read htaccess file, denying access to be safe

I don’t claim to be a DB administrator, so I searched on the webs for a solution and got nowhere fast. So I turned to my super smart coworker Brent Jameson, who is a wizard. Apparently, I had to do a few things to my Apache configurations to get it to hit my index.php.

1. Specify Allow from all in my Virtual Hosts file

Turns out I had to add the Allow directive in my virtual hosts file.

Edit your vhosts configuration in(in OSX):

vim /etc/apache2/extra/httpd-vhosts.conf

Add this line in your <Directory> node:

Allow from all

So it becomes this:

<VirtualHost *:80
    ServerName rds.dev
    ServerAlias rds.dev
    DocumentRoot "/Volumes/Sites/my_site.dev"
    <Directory "/Volumes/Sites/my_site.dev">
        Options Indexes FollowSymLinks
        AllowOverride All
        Order allow,deny
        Allow from all

2. Force Apache to use my user when hitting our site.

Figure out your username. This is what we will tell Apache to load sites under. You can find your username by running:


Open your httpd.conf file.

vim /etc/apache2/httpd.conf

Find the line specifying User (right above the line specifying Group), and change it to use your user:

# If you wish httpd to run as a different user or group, you must run
# httpd as root initially and it will switch.
# User/Group: The name (or #number) of the user/group to run httpd as.
# It is usually good practice to create a dedicated user and group for
# running httpd, as with most system services.
User Josh
Group _www

2.b Change ownership of your magento 2 Directory

This is probably a bad idea and you should never do this on a live server (which is true of pretty much everything in this post), but we’re going to change ownership of the entire magento 2 directory system and assign it to you.

cd into the parent directory containing all your websites (mine is /Volumes/Sites/).

Then chown the magento 2 site to change it’s ownership

cd /path/to/sites
sudo chown -R Josh:_www my_site.dev

After doing all that, I was able to hit the index.php inside my Magento 2 instance.

Thanks again for the help Brent Jameson!