Upgrading to Mountain Lion: Forbidden 403, You don’t have permission to access /~username/ on this server

One of these days I’m going to research OS X upgrades before the fact. One of these days.

After upgrading to Mountain Lion my local websites did not run anymore. I received a nice little “403 Forbidden Error”.

A quick GIS revealed that this was common knowledge, but the same GIS quickly found a fix.

Neil Gee’s Forbidden 403, You don’t have permission to access /~username/ on this server pointed me in the right direction, but my websites still didn’t work.

Changing Neil’s settings for my username.conf from

<Directory "/Users/username/Sites/">
Options Indexes MultiViews
AllowOverride All
Order allow,deny
Allow from all
</Directory>

to

<Directory "/Users/username/Sites/">
Options Indexes MultiViews FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride None
Order deny,allow
Allow from all
</Directory>

worked for me. (I use a lot of symlinks and Dropbox in my workflow.)

11 thoughts on “Upgrading to Mountain Lion: Forbidden 403, You don’t have permission to access /~username/ on this server

  1. Any other reasons you could think of for the same forbidden error? I have tried your solution and am still getting the error. I have also set the permissions for my new web directory to read write but still no luck.

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