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php – file_get_contents works on Local but not on server

Posted by: admin July 12, 2020 Leave a comment


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file_get_contents() error

Working on a script that connects to Instagram API to get photos from a certain tag. It works just fine on Local but on the server i get errors.

Warning: file_get_contents(): https:// wrapper is disabled in the server configuration by allow_url_fopen=0 in /storage/content/91/103391/instaboll.nu/public_html/instagram.php on line 19.

This is how line 19 looks:
$contents = file_get_contents(“https://api.instagram.com/v1/tags/$tag/media/recent?client_id=$client_id”);

Any ideas?

Have searched for this and find some posts that recommend curl, but have no idea how to proceed with that.

How to&Answers:

I solved it with this code.

$url = "http://www.example.org/";
$ch = curl_init();
curl_setopt ($ch, CURLOPT_URL, $url);
curl_setopt ($ch, CURLOPT_CONNECTTIMEOUT, 5);
curl_setopt ($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, true);
$contents = curl_exec($ch);
if (curl_errno($ch)) {
  echo curl_error($ch);
  echo "\n<br />";
  $contents = '';
} else {

if (!is_string($contents) || !strlen($contents)) {
echo "Failed to get contents.";
$contents = '';

echo $contents;


The solution is in the error message: set allow_url_fopen to 1 in your ini (use a php.ini file, use ini_set in php code, or talk to your host).


You will have to enable allow_url_fopen from php.ini on your host or talk to your hosting providers.

This option enables the URL-aware fopen wrappers that enable accessing
URL object like files.


Your server admin has disabled this functionality. You’ll need to ask them to enable it.