Fresh install today of CiviCRM 4.7.9 on Wordpress. There are no installed extensions and I don't need to install any extensions. However—maybe due to how new the release is—I get this error message on every screen, every time I navigate anywhere in CiviCRM:

"Extension download error Unable to download extension from https://civicrm.org/extdir/ver=4.7.9|cms=WordPress/single. Error Message: Failed to connect to civicrm.org port 443: Connection timed out"

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This wasn't happening with the install of 4.7.8 I was working with just a few hours ago, on the same server. I am confident it can make external HTTP requests.

Can this error be fixed or, if not, at least turned off? I don't currently need any extensions so I'm fine with CiviCRM (silently) failing to reach that URL.

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To do so, you need to add this following line on your civicrm.settings.php

global $civicrm_setting;
$civicrm_setting['Extension Preferences']['ext_repo_url'] = false;



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