HTTP Error 403.14 - Forbidden in IIS

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I am explaining intimately the way to resolve issue HTTP Error 403.14 – Forbidden in IIS. Earlier, I actually have clear up in detail about Login failed for user IIS Apppool \Default Apppool, HTTP Error 503. The service is unavailable.

Error Description:

HTTP Error 403.14 - Forbidden
The Web server is configured to not list the contents of this directory.

Step 1: I was engaged on outstanding website, and so on I popped up a error in my browser HTTP Error 403.14 – Forbidden. The Web server is configured to not list the contents of this directory.

HTTP Error 403.14 – Forbidden

Step 2: Expand your Connections pane, then click on your specific web site, now next click on action pane on Directory Browsing to navigate its additional properties.

directory browsing

Step 3: Now you'll see Actions window in right side, wherever you'll see Enable option to enable directory listing in browser.

Enable directory browsing

Step 4: Now you'll see all check boxes are enabled, it suggests you're in right direction to enable directory browsing.

enabled directory browsing

Step 5: Finally, you'll see that directory listing is enabled in our browser. You'll see in the picture as below also.

Showing directory list


I have suggested above key steps to resolve issue HTTP Error 403.14 – Forbidden in IIS. I'm  happy to additional help if anyone needed.

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Anjan kant

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  1. Hi Anjan Kant! Thanks for this interesting information, but could you suggest the solution if the same - HTTP Error 403.14 - Forbidden Error shown from the server side of a website host. Like Big Rock etc. Actually I am facing the same for one of client website.

    1. SK, You need to control panel to make changes, link , if you still find the same error then you can have words directly to, help, , if you still facing the error then let me know.

  2. Hello,
    I have published code in my server, i used mvc4.
    I have also set in web.config file, but now it give error like:Configuration Error

    Description: An error occurred during the processing of a configuration file required to service this request. Please review the specific error details below and modify your configuration file appropriately.

    Parser Error Message: Unrecognized attribute 'targetFramework'. Note that attribute names are case-sensitive.

    Source Error:

    An application error occurred on the server. The current custom error settings for this application prevent the details of the application error from being viewed remotely (for security reasons). It could, however, be viewed by browsers running on the local server machine.

    1. This happens when your targetframework is set to 4.0 and application pool is set to 2.0 , more information can find here if any more help required let me know.