moutaz samir moutaz samir - 1 month ago 7
Python Question

open url from pythonanywhere

This code works well on my local machine, but when I upload and run it on it gives me this error.

My Code:

url = ""
hdr = {'User-Agent': 'Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64) AppleWebKit/537.11 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/23.0.1271.64 Safari/537.11',
'Accept': 'text/html,application/xhtml+xml,application/xml;q=0.9,*/*;q=0.8',
'Accept-Charset': 'ISO-8859-1,utf-8;q=0.7,*;q=0.3',
'Accept-Encoding': 'none',
'Accept-Language': 'en-US,en;q=0.8',
'Connection': 'keep-alive'}
req = urllib2.Request(url, headers=hdr)
opener = urllib2.build_opener()
openedReq =, timeout=300)

The error:

Traceback (most recent call last):
File "/home/GehadAbdallah/", line 135, in openApi
openedReq =, timeout=300)
File "/usr/lib/python2.7/", line 410, in open
response = meth(req, response)
File "/usr/lib/python2.7/", line 523, in http_response
'http', request, response, code, msg, hdrs)
File "/usr/lib/python2.7/", line 448, in error
return self._call_chain(*args)
File "/usr/lib/python2.7/", line 382, in _call_chain
result = func(*args)
File "/usr/lib/python2.7/", line 531, in http_error_default
raise HTTPError(req.get_full_url(), code, msg, hdrs, fp)
urllib2.HTTPError: HTTP Error 403: Forbidden

P.S. i'm working on python 2.7

Answer Source

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