Jose Jimenez
Software Architect & Developer
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Spatie Media Library url cannot be reached

Published in Laravel, PHP, Spatie on Aug 26, 2022

Recently ran into an issue in which I was getting the following error during a scraping project.


  Url `` cannot be reached

After further testing, it appears that the site was blocking direct access during scraping:

Failed to open stream: HTTP request failed! HTTP/1.1 403 Forbidden

Luckily the Spatie Media Package allows you to swap the downloader utilized to download external urls.

Create file



namespace App\Support\MediaLibrary\Downloaders;

use Spatie\MediaLibrary\Downloaders\Downloader;

class CustomDownloader implements Downloader
    public function getTempFile(string $url): string
        $context = stream_context_create([
            'http' => [
                'header' => "User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; WOW64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/50.0.2661.102 Safari/537.36",

        $stream = file_get_contents($url, false, $context);

        $temporaryFile = tempnam(sys_get_temp_dir(), 'media-library');

        file_put_contents($temporaryFile, $stream);

        return $temporaryFile;

In file: config/media-library.php change the media_downloader key to:

'media_downloader' => \App\Support\MediaLibrary\Downloaders\CustomDownloader::class,

This will help downloading from sources preventing you from downloading their images. Depending on the source you may need to tweak the headers more and find a header that does allow you to download from there, ie add Google bot headers.