GoDaddy, cURL, HTTP, and 403 Errors

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I was recently coding PHP cURL functionality for a GoDaddy-hosted website and I kept running into an annoying 403 error. Essentially, GoDaddy's proxy server (which they force you to use for cURL) was giving me a "Forbidden" error and wasn't trying to hit the necessary server. Here's the code that GoDaddy tells you to use for cURL transactions:

$ch = curl_init();
echo 'URL = $URL <br>n';
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_VERBOSE, 1);
curl_setopt ($ch, CURLOPT_PROXY,'');
curl_setopt ($ch, CURLOPT_URL, $URL);
curl_setopt ($ch, CURLOPT_TIMEOUT, 120);
$result = curl_exec ($ch);
echo '<hr><br>n';
echo 'Errors: ' . curl_errno($ch) . ' ' . curl_error($ch) . '<br><br>';
echo '<hr><br>n';
curl_close ($ch);
print 'result - $result';
echo '<hr><br>n';

The problem is that since I'm not using SSL in this instance, I don't need to use the following cURL option:

curl_setopt($ch,CURLOPT_HTTPPROXYTUNNEL, true);

Remember that if you receive this error from GoDaddy's server. Hopefully I save someone a bunch of time with this.

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  1. Yea Godaddy has some strange settings like this. Plus it seems to be hit or miss when dealing with their support. :(

  2. cURL and GoDaddy

    Searching the GoDaddy FAQ/Help pages, it appears that as of September 10, 2008. GoDaddy is not longer requiring proxy connections to connect with CURL.

    Proxy servers are not required for
    outbound shared hosting connections as
    of September 10, 2008. Although it
    will continue to function after this
    date, we recommend code utilizing
    proxy servers be updated to reflect
    this change.

  3. I wouldn’t trust the GoDaddy FAQ.

    It’s horribly outdated.

    I am switching to a VPS from a provider that I’ve known to be reliable, from GoDaddy.

  4. My problem with SSL and POST through CURL alsted 2 days, i am not on GoDaddy but your advice gave me the answers I needed, thankyou so much for bothering to post this!

  5. Hi,

    We are trying to retrieve XML from other server using CURL. But not happening. I have tried the above code. But no result. I am using Godaddy Linux Shared Hosting plan for my website.

    Please give me your suggestions on this.

    Thanks in advance…

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