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How to enable or disable allow_url_fopen in cPanel

There are specific scenarios when you may be asked to change your PHP configuration. Specifically, you may be directed to edit a file on your server called php.ini and to enable or disable allow_url_fopen.

What is allow_url_fopen?

The allow_url_fopen is a setting managed through the PHP Options which allows PHP file functions to retrieve data from remote locations over FTP or HTTP. This option is a significant security risk, thus, do not turn it on without necessity.

How to Enable or Disable allow_url_fopen in cPanel

The PHP Selector is omitted by default in cPanel and might be missing from your account if you are hosting with a different web host. All ChemiCloud customers should see the Select PHP Version section in their hosting account’s cPanel.

While do not allow direct changes to PHP.ini on our servers. However, PHP configuration changes can be made from cPanel by following these steps:

Watch the video tutorial, or continue following the step-by-step instructions in this tutorial.

1) Log into cPanel.

2) Look for the SOFTWARE section and click on Select PHP version

PHP Version
Software > Select PHP Version

3) Click on the Options link in the new window.

PHP Selector > Options

4) You can locate the allow_url_fopen and tick on the box next to it to enable it or un-tick the box to disable it.

allow_url_fopen

5) Once you make any changes, please do a left-hand side click anywhere outside the dropdown or text input box. If the change were successful, you would see a green box with a message confirming that the change has been applied.

That’s all! Now you know how to enable or disable allow_url_fopen in cPanel.

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Updated on January 16, 2023

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