Permission denied in Apache logs when used as a reverse proxy

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Platform Notice: Server and Data Center Only. This article only applies to Atlassian products on the server and data center platforms.


When using Apache as a reverse proxy, Apache responds with a message that the Bitbucket server is not available and the following can be seen in the Apache error logs:

[error] (13)Permission denied: proxy: HTTP: attempt to connect to ( failed



  • This error can occur on RedHat or CentOS.


By default, SELinux prevents Apache from initiating outbound connections, so it is unable to proxy requests to Bitbucket Server.


Run the following command on the server to allow apache to make outbound connections.

/usr/sbin/setsebool -P httpd_can_network_connect 1
Last modified on Apr 6, 2016

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