/usr/bin/wget: Permission denied

If you’ve ever got the error /bin/sh: /usr/bin/wget: Permission denied when trying to execute a .php script using a cron job, spent minutes/hours trying to find a solution to this, well, I hope this post will help you to save some time.

It’s possible that your hosting provider, for security reasons, is not allowing you to execute the wget command. If you want to use the wget (or GET) command, you can do two things:

a) send an email to your hosting provider’s support department. Or

b) you can try using the following command:

php -q /path/to/script.php

The above example worked for me nicely. However, if it still doesn’t work for you, then contact your hosting provider; maybe there are other things that they need to take care of (or fix) first before you can work with cron jobs.

Cheers!

11 thoughts on “/usr/bin/wget: Permission denied

  1. Alex

    Thanks, i was having problems using wget, did a search on the error I was getting and found this solution. Perfect !!

  2. Rana Imran

    it really helps we have been stucked at this point due to first experience in handling cron job i cant resolve the problem at my own thanx for helping dude. you rocks

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