I'm attempting to fetch SEO meta for entries inside of an element API, roughly following the advice in Element API integration

Below is the exact code in my element-api.php:


use craft\elements\Entry;

return [
    'endpoints' => [
        'api.json' => function() {
            return [
                'elementType' => Entry::class,
                'criteria' => [],
                'transformer' => function(Entry $entry) {
                    $seo = Craft::$app->runAction('seomatic/meta-container/all-meta-containers', [
                        'uri' => $entry->uri,
                        'siteId' => null,
                        'asArray' => true,

                    return $seo;

If I hit this endpoint directly in a browser - e.g. http://my-url.test/api.json - it returns a response exactly as expected. However, if I try to hit the endpoint using an external GET requestion with Accept: application/json (I'm using https://paw.cloud, specifically), I get back an error exception of yii\\web\\ForbiddenHttpException

Is there something about runAction inside of an Element API call that isn't allowed? Is there something I need to do to allow this in outside requests?


Probably you need to turn on the Meta Container Endpoint Access option in SEOmatic -> Plugin Settings -> Endpoints

This is intentionally disabled by default, you need to enable it if you intend to use it.

  • Thanks Andrew, I ended up finding and implementing your other Stack Overflow post related to this before I saw your comment, but I'll try enabling this plugin setting and if it works I'll make yours as the correct answer.
    – cmal
    Feb 12 at 16:37
  • Enabling "Meta Container Endpoint Access" in the SEOmatic plugin settings did, indeed, do the trick. Are there any pros/cons to this approach vs. your approach in the linked stack overflow post?
    – cmal
    Feb 12 at 16:48
  • 1
    The way recommended in that other post saves you an additional and unneeded XHR so... I'd go with that. :) Feb 13 at 19:55

I ended up using the pattern described in How to pull an entry's SEOmatic meta tags with Element API? which didn't suffer from the same issue.

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