I am uploading doucment using object model. However my 'UploadFile()' method throws exception "The request failed with HTTP status 403: Forbidden.". This happens if my current user is not a member of one custom group (ABCGroup). And 'ABCGroup' has all permissions. Even if I give 'Full Control' permissions to this user it doesn't work. So I am really wondering.

  • It's happening when they are part of ABCGroup or are not part of ABCGroup? It would be helpful to post a bit more code - there are some API calls that require high permissions.
    – lgaud
    Oct 22, 2012 at 1:24

2 Answers 2


As you are trying to upload files through code, did you try to use the RunWithElevatedPrivileges method ? Below is a link which will give you more information on the method.


You can do something like this:

SPSite siteColl = SPContext.Current.Site;
SPWeb site = SPContext.Current.Web;
SPSecurity.RunWithElevatedPrivileges(delegate() {
using (SPSite ElevatedsiteColl = new SPSite(siteColl.ID)) {
 using (SPWeb ElevatedSite = ElevatedsiteColl.OpenWeb(site.ID)) {

    ////Add your code to upload the file  here....


I assume you are adding the document through the UploadFile() method to a document library. So make sure the user who is uploading the document has permission to the document library. No need to use RunWithElevatedPrivileges.

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