How to fix file_get_contents() wrapper is disabled error in PHP

file_get_contents() wrapper enables accessing URL objects the same way as local files.

You can check if the file_get_contents() wrapper is enabled in your active PHP version by creating and checking phpinfo file:

phpinfo file check if file_get_contents() wrapper is enabled

or a simple PHP code like this:

if( ini_get('allow_url_fopen') ) {
die('allow_url_fopen is enabled.');
} else {
die('allow_url_fopen is disabled.');

If allow_url_fopen isn’t enabled in your PHP version, but your application uses it, you will see the following Warning in your error_log file:

Warning: file_get_contents(): http:// wrapper is disabled in the server configuration by allow_url_fopen=0

Here are a few solutions to this issue:

Enable allow_url_fopen in  php.ini

allow_url_fopen is disabled on most shared hosting for security reasons, so if you don’t have access to php.ini file directly, you should ask your hosting provider to enable -> allow_url_fopen by turning on the following values in php.ini file:

allow_url_fopen = 1
allow_url_include = 1

On cPanel you can modify php.ini file either from MultiPHP or PHP Selector option on CloudLinux:

To enable allow_url_fopen on PHPSelector in CloudLinux, from cPanel navigate to PHP Selector > Options and check the allow_url_fopen option:

Enable allow_url_fopen on PHPSelector CloudLinux

To enable allow_url_fopen on MultiPHP INI Editor in cPanelr, navigate to MultiPHP INI Editor > Basic Mode select your domain name and the enable the allow_url_fopen option:

Enable allow_url_fopen on MultiPHP INI Editor in cPanel

Replace file_get_contents calls in your code with CURL

Here is a simple CURL method from Tushar that behaves exactly the same way as file_get_contents:

function curl_get_file_contents($URL)
        $c = curl_init();
        curl_setopt($c, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, 1);
        curl_setopt($c, CURLOPT_URL, $URL);
        $contents = curl_exec($c);

        if ($contents) return $contents;
        else return FALSE;


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