If you have encountered a “cURL error 7 failed to connect to Port 443” you know how stressful it is to figure out a solution. It causes a website to have a poor security check score altering your site’s performance.
I once encountered a “cURL error 7 failed to connect to Port 443” on one of my websites and it took me months before figuring out the solution. I tried following most articles on the same subject to no avail.
The REST API request failed due to an error.
Error:  cURL error 7:Failed to connect to yoursite.com port 443: Connection refused (http_request_failed)
Recently I found a way to fix the error and I will show you step-by-step how to fix it. First of all, it is important to understand the common causes of a “cURL error 7” to avoid a similar occurrence in the future.
Common causes of a “cURL error 7 failed to connect to Port 443”
If you are using PayPal on your website, then this is the first thing to look out for. On one of my sites, I was using a PayPal donation button on my homepage and it happened one day as I was editing my PHP footer script a cURL error occurred. I tried deleting my browser cache memory but the issues persisted.
I then disabled all plugins and even reinstall WordPress, but the error kept showing up. After removing the PayPal script and deactivating all plugins again, the issue seemed to have disappeared. However, when I tried editing my posts the “cURL error 7 failed to connect to Port 443” showed up again.
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When this happens it is because your server firewall has blocked the curl request. This can also block your IP address making it almost impossible to validate a theme once you have installed it. You will always see this error whenever the curl request is not on the standard port.
The Rest API is used by WordPress and other applications to communicate with your web hosting server. The WordPress block editor heavily relies on the Reset API to display and save your pages and posts. When the curl error occurs, you will also receive a warning while editing your posts signaling that the block editor might encounter an error when saving your work, and you risk losing your precious articles.
How to fix cURL error 7 failed to connect to Port 443
- Try to upgrade your PHP version.
- Disable all your plugins and activate them one by one to see if the error will resolve.
- You can also change to the default WordPress theme and see if the issue will resolve.
How I fix the Curl error 7 on my website
In my case, I was running my site on a Vultr unmanaged VPS using a Plesk panel and I could not get help from their support team. I had to figure out a way. I encourage you to consider a managed VPS where all your issues can be resolved by the support team. I recommend Cloudways-managed VPS where you can deploy an instance on Vultr, Digital Ocean, or Linode.
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How to fix curl error 7 on Plesk
If you decide to use unmanaged VPS and install the Plesk panel, use this method to resolve the curl error 7.
- On the Plesk panel click the “adviser” button.
- On the “recommendations tab” scroll down to firewall (which is free) and click install.
- This will take you to a new page where you can finish installing the Plesk firewall.
- Look for Plesk extensions (the 14th option on the list) click on it and turn the Plesk firewall on (which is the 2nd option) and click continue.
- Wait for it to finish the installation, and once it is done you will see that it automatically turns all the default firewall rules on.
- This will automatically resolve the cURL error as port 443 rules will have been reset.
If the “curl error 7” occurs when your firewall is on, then disable it and clear your browser’s cache memory and enable the firewall again.
How to fix curl error 7 on CyberPanel
Since we know that the Reset API is caused by a curl request failure on the server firewall, we have to focus on our server’s firewall.
- On the Cyberpanel dashboard under security, click on firewall and enable it if it was not set by default on the installation of the panel.
- If the 443 port is not enabled, add it to the firewall records. Use the following, name-quic, Protocol:udp, IP address: 0.0.0. 0/0, port:443.
That is all you need to resolve the curl error 7 on the servers’ end.
Related: How to install Cyber panel using SSH
How to fix curl error 7 on a server using SSH
Here is a Bash script that you can run on your server through SSH to troubleshoot the “curl error 7: Failed to connect to port 443” error:
# Check if curl is installed
if ! [ -x "$(command -v curl)" ]; then
echo 'Error: curl is not installed.' >&2
# Check if the destination server is reachable
echo "Checking if destination server is reachable..."
if curl -I --silent --max-time 10 example.com > /dev/null; then
echo "Destination server is reachable."
echo "Error: Destination server is not reachable." >&2
# Check if port 443 is open on the destination server
echo "Checking if port 443 is open on the destination server..."
if curl -I --silent --max-time 10 --connect-to ::443:example.com https://example.com > /dev/null; then
echo "Port 443 is open on the destination server."
echo "Error: Port 443 is closed or blocked on the destination server." >&2
# Check if there are any issues with SSL/TLS
echo "Checking for SSL/TLS issues..."
if curl -I --silent --max-time 10 --insecure https://example.com > /dev/null; then
echo "Successfully retrieved data over SSL/TLS. It is likely that there are no issues with SSL/TLS."
echo "Error: There may be issues with SSL/TLS. You may want to try using the --insecure flag to bypass SSL/TLS checks." >&2
echo "No errors detected. It is likely that the issue is not with your server or curl installation."
This script will first check if ‘curl’ is installed on the server. It will then check if the destination server is reachable and if port 443 is open on the destination server. Finally, it will check for any issues with SSL/TLS by trying to retrieve data over SSL/TLS with the ‘–insecure flag’.
Please note that this script is intended as a starting point for troubleshooting and may not necessarily solve the “curl error 7: Failed to connect to port 443” error in all cases. You may need to try additional troubleshooting steps depending on your specific situation.
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