The command I am using: wget www.fivestarmazda.com/index.htm Works on a digital ocean hosted ubuntu 14.10 machine Works in chrome browser Does NOT work in a rackspace hosted ubuntu 13.10 environment. There, I keep getting a 403 Forbidden error. Do you guys have any ideas why? From all environments, I am able to wget http://www.google.com

Complete debug message from wget:

DEBUG output created by Wget 1.14 on linux-gnu.

URI encoding = ‘UTF-8’
--2015-03-11 10:14:36--  http://www.fivestarmazda.com/index.htm
Resolving www.fivestarmazda.com (www.fivestarmazda.com)...
Caching www.fivestarmazda.com =>
Connecting to www.fivestarmazda.com (www.fivestarmazda.com)||:80... connected.
Created socket 3.
Releasing 0x0000000001eea330 (new refcount 1).

---request begin---
GET /index.htm HTTP/1.1
User-Agent: Wget/1.14 (linux-gnu)
Accept: */*
Host: www.fivestarmazda.com
Connection: Keep-Alive

---request end---
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 
---response begin---
HTTP/1.1 403 Forbidden
Server: Apache-Coyote/1.1
Content-Type: text/html;charset=utf-8
Content-Length: 964
X-DDC-Arch-Trace: ,HttpResponse
Date: Wed, 11 Mar 2015 14:14:46 GMT
Connection: keep-alive

---response end---
403 Forbidden
Registered socket 3 for persistent reuse.
URI content encoding = ‘utf-8’
Skipping 964 bytes of body: [<html><head><title>Apache Tomcat/6.0.20 - Error report</title><style><!--H1 {font-family:Tahoma,Arial,sans-serif;color:white;background-color:#525D76;font-size:22px;} H2 {font-family:Tahoma,Arial,sans-serif;color:white;background-color:#525D76;font-size:16px;} H3 {font-family:Tahoma,Arial,sans-serif;color:white;background-color:#525D76;font-size:14px;} BODY {font-family:Tahoma,Arial,sans-serif;color:black;background-color:white;} B {font-family:Tahoma,Arial,sans-serif;color:white;background-color:#525D76;} Skipping 452 bytes of body: [P {font-family:Tahoma,Arial,sans-serif;background:white;color:black;font-size:12px;}A {color : black;}A.name {color : black;}HR {color : #525D76;}--></style> </head><body><h1>HTTP Status 403 - </h1><HR size="1" noshade="noshade"><p><b>type</b> Status report</p><p><b>message</b> <u></u></p><p><b>description</b> <u>Access to the specified resource () has been forbidden.</u></p><HR size="1" noshade="noshade"><h3>Apache Tomcat/6.0.20</h3></body></html>] done.
2015-03-11 10:14:36 ERROR 403: Forbidden.
  • 1
    I think it maybe because of the IP is banned/denied; My server in China get 403 too, but my server in US wget fine.
    – alfred
    Oct 15, 2017 at 2:20
  • ERROR 403 may also occur when checking timestamps with wget -N. See: stackoverflow.com/a/62176110/658497
    – Noam Manos
    Jun 3, 2020 at 15:11

2 Answers 2


Not sure that anyone cares, but from Canada:

$ wget www.fivestarmazda.com/index.htm
--2018-03-14 17:04:34--  http://www.fivestarmazda.com/index.htm
Resolving www.fivestarmazda.com (www.fivestarmazda.com)...
Connecting to www.fivestarmazda.com (www.fivestarmazda.com)||:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 301 Moved Permanently
Location: https://www.fivestarmazda.com/index.htm [following]
--2018-03-14 17:04:34--  https://www.fivestarmazda.com/index.htm
Connecting to www.fivestarmazda.com (www.fivestarmazda.com)||:443... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 301 Moved Permanently
Location: / [following]
--2018-03-14 17:04:35--  https://www.fivestarmazda.com/
Reusing existing connection to www.fivestarmazda.com:443.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 283589 (277K) [text/html]
Saving to: ‘index.htm’

index.htm              100%[==========================>] 276.94K  1.78MB/s    in 0.2s    

2018-03-14 17:04:35 (1.78 MB/s) - ‘index.htm’ saved [283589/283589]

Oops there goes another 280KB lost.


Not sure if it's still required but simple 'spoof' of useragent usually helps. For example:

wget --user-agent="Mozilla/4.0 (Windows; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1; .NET CLR 2.0.50727)" /HERE GOES YOUR URL/

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