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#37494 403 - Forbidden Using htaccess Maker

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I've got a copy of my production site on my local PC.  I'm using the same .htaccess file that I used on my production site on the local PC.  Everything seemed to be working (for the most part) correctly until I tried to view some MP4 videos using a component called Yendif Video Share.  I got in touch with their product support, and they told me that I would have to copy the MP4s into a new folder beneath my base URL and change the access of these files in their product from an upload to their media folder to a File URL since I'm running on a localhost.  I did that but they still would not display, and I was getting this error message "The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.". After all of this their product support told me to try to display the video from a browser using a URL such as this http://localhost/joomla310/Videos/AC-Maintenance.mp4. This is where I got the 403 - Forbidden error message.  At this point, I renamed my .htaccess file that was created to a different name and renamed the htaccess.txt file that was created with the Joomla installation to .htaccess . The direct access to the video file is now accessible and it is also accessible from within Joomla. 

My question: Is there some place within htaccess maker that I need to change in order to allow access to the folder that is within my base directory for Joomla (RewriteBase /joomla310) on my localhost?

Akeeba Staff

Go to Components, Admin Tools, .htaccess Maker

Find the “Frontend directories where file type exceptions are allowed”

In a new line enter


(please mind the character case — it's Videos, not videos, it has to match exactly the folder name you are using on your site's filesystem).

Look two rows above, there's the “Backend file types allowed in selected directories” option.

Make sure there's a line with mp4 in it (we do add it by default). If not, add it in a new line.

Scroll all the way down and find the “Host name for HTTPS requests (without https://)” and “Host name for HTTP requests (without http://)” options. Both should read


The very last option, “Base directory of your site (/ for domain's root)”, should read


Click on the “Save & Create .htaccess” button in the toolbar.

Your video link now works.

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