I am trying to open the Magento connect manager from the admin and getting 403 -Forbidden You don't have permission to access /downloader/ on this server.

I changed the folders permission to 777 and make it read and write and nothing help.


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You can also check .htaccess file present inside your downloader directory. The magento_root/downloader/.htaccess file contains the following part of code:

order deny,allow
deny from all
allow from xx.xx.xx.xx

You just have to replace the above xx.xx.xx.xx with your IP address. You can get your IP address by simply googling "what is my ip address".


It's not safe to use Magento connect for installing extension , click this link for more information.

in the worst case, if you want immediate solution , Alternatively you can install the extension through FTP (like FileZilla). You can paste the extension key in this unofficial link and you can download the extension files. Let me know if you find any problems in this.

Note : As this is unofficial 3rd party site, there is no guarantee about security. but i tested many extensions, i did't faced any security problems....

  • i don't know how it can help? any why hope for other soltution.. Jan 17, 2017 at 11:05

i just add index.php after the /downloader/.


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