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php – Connect DATABASE Error TYPE: 2002: Permission denied

Posted by: admin July 12, 2020 Leave a comment


I am trying to connect the database with the following script(cxn-test.php)

$host = '';//dummy ip 
$user = 'abc_user';
$pass = 'xxxxxxxxx';
$dbname = 'welcome';
$link = mysqli_connect($host, $user, $pass,$dbname);
if (!$link) {
    echo "Error: Unable to connect to MySQL." . PHP_EOL;
    echo "Debugging errno: " . mysqli_connect_errno() . PHP_EOL;
    echo "Debugging error: " . mysqli_connect_error() . PHP_EOL;
}else {
    echo "success" . PHP_EOL;

When I am trying on the terminal

php cxn-test.php //success

But when I am trying on localhost i am getting the following error,

curl -s http://localhost/cxn-test.php

Error: Unable to connect to MySQL.
Debugging errno: 2002
Debugging error: Permission denied

This is strange issue it’s not working on the localhost but working good on command line.

How to&Answers:

I had the same issue after getting a new CentOS 7 box, running SELinux. I could connect to my remote MySQL DB server from the command line, but Drupal (and test PHP scripts) could not.

The issue turned out to be the SELinux security policies.

By default, the policy httpd_can_network_connect_db is disabled (meaning that your web server cannot contact a remote DB.)

Check this via:

getsebool -a | grep httpd

If httpd_can_network_connect_db is Off, enable it via:

setsebool -P httpd_can_network_connect_db 1

(The -P flag makes the change permanent, so the setting survives a reboot.)