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URL file-access is disabled in the server configuration
Posted by Mario Mansour in TubePress

It has came to my attention that some of you are having problems running TubePress.NET on their hosting servers.
If you are getting Warning Messages like this one
Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: URL file-access is disabled in the server configuration in /xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx/wp-content/plugins/ on line 384
Where xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx is the path to the wordpress installation on your server

This means that your server configuration is blocking external file access, which in consequence blocks TubePress from accessing Youtube.
allow_url_fopen should be ON in PHP configuration (php.ini). Probably, you don’t have access to edit this file and it could also be that your hosting company has restricted changing the allow_url_fopen value. In this case, you should refer to them and ask them to set the value of allow_url_fopen to ON.

On my side, TubePress will try to change the value of allow_url_fopen but if this action is restricted, it will ask you to contact your web hosting provider.
Many users have been asking me to recommend a good hosting. To be honest none cheap web hosting provider is perfect, you have to make a compromise between budget and requirements. It is obvious that the more you require from your server the more you will need to pay and the more you disregard features the more your hosting bills will shrink.
Good web hosting companies that have affordable hosting plans are mediatemple, dreamhost, ThinkHost. I would also recommend you to have a dedicated server instead of a shared hosting, it gives more freedom and saves you some headaches.

27 Responses to “URL file-access is disabled in the server configuration”

  1. Gary Says:

    Thanks for the reply.

    It is not an option for me to use this – is there any adjustment that can be made to the code to allow compatibility with shared hosting, since many wordpress users utilize shared hosting?

  2. Mark RObertson Says:

    I added to my php.ini file and still not working.

  3. Mark RObertson Says:

    What about this problem that I am all of a sudden getting?

    Warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in /home/content/s/e/o/seoreel/html/wp-content/plugins/ on line 441

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  5. Piyush Says:

    URL file-access is disabled in the server configuration
    how can i solve this problem without contacting to host provider

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  10. Azmeer Says:

    usually you can have a local copy of the php.ini file with all the mods you need. This local copy gets priority from the web server (I believe).

  11. papsy Says:

    Assuming that cURL is enabled (which it usually is), you can easily get around that restriction by creating your own custom function to carry out the same actions. I’m not familiar with ‘TubePress’ or whatever it is that most of you are having issues with, but if you’re comfortable with PHP, you could do a simple replacement:

    Replace this:

    With this:

    In all files/folders.

    Then create a file (with any name, extension .php, e.g. myinc.php), with the contents:

    Then in any file which originally made a call to file_get_contents, at the top, add:

    Although somewhat tedious (depending on how many replacements you’ll have to do, I have no idea, having never used the software) – it should work in most cases.

  12. papsy Says:

    I’m guessing the owner of this blog is using strip_tags() for security.

    Let’s try this:

    // copyright (c) 2009 etc etc
    if (!defined("ch"))
    function setupch()
    $ch = curl_init();
    $c = curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, 1);

    define("ch", setupch());

    function curl_get_contents($url)
    $c = curl_setopt(ch, CURLOPT_URL, $url);

  13. papsy Says:

    So to summarize:

    1) Replace all occurrences of file_get_contents with curl_get_contents
    2) Add the following code to the top of any file you made that replacement in:
    3) Create a new file (named myinc.php), with the contents being:
    // copyright (c) 2009 etc etc
    if (!defined("ch"))
    function setupch()
    $ch = curl_init();
    $c = curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, 1);

    define("ch", setupch());

    function curl_get_contents($url)
    $c = curl_setopt(ch, CURLOPT_URL, $url);

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  16. Paul Byers Says:

    Thank you papsy, that would have stumped me for days…

  17. koss Says:

    Thank you very much! It was very use full inforamtion!

  18. samiemathews82 Says:

    this sucks i had the same error but with another service. I was hoping to find a solution here but the php stuff i dont really understand that well. Im still in search of a simple solution to this.

  19. srowens Says:

    @samiemathews82: papsy’s response #13 is the simple solution.

    Some servers have allow_url_include disabled for better security. Starting with PHP 5.2.X allow_url_include is disabled by default. So you only two easy solutions are to:

    1. Convince your web host to turn allow_url_fopen and allow_url_include on. Unlikely but they might do it.

    2. Use CURL. papsy’s response #13 is really the easiest way to do this.

  20. Jules Says:

    It’s much easier to use the built in WordPress HTTP API:

    $url = ‘';
    $request = new WP_Http;
    $result = $request->request( $url );
    echo $result[‘body’];

  21. Peter Beddows Says:

    After experiencing same defined problem as described in this thread this morning with files that worked fine yesterday, the solution offered above herein seemed viable but did not work when tried.

    Then discovered that, in working very late last night, I forgot that I had moved one of the key “require_once(‘xxx.php’)” files to another, more logical, folder on the server but had not updated the path to that file in the code of the related pages.

    Thought this worth mentioning here because although the error message I was getting was the exact same message at the head of this thread but the actual problem was a moved file witout concurrent path updates, not a change in URL file-access per se.

  22. mikesalway75 Says:

    I’ve got a WP site and was having this problem.
    Reply #20 fixed it for me.
    Thanks very much Jules!

  23. robint84 Says:

    I had a similar problem. And I solved it. and I used curl and it is working fine for me now.

  24. sajibuk Says:

    Nice one!

    I had experienced similar problem after installing gallery and thematic themes.
    After publishing any posts I got error which we are discussing here.

    What I did and it worked for me is:

    Change the “file_get_contents” with “curl_get_contents” in functions.php file from Appearances-Editor. Thats it. There was no file access error shows anymore in any posts!

    I didn’t change anything which was mentioned in comment 12 and 13.

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    how to increase import limit from 1000 to 40,000 in import my videos field .
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