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Enable htaccess in Apache

To verify mod_rewrite is enabled in your Apache server, run

On CentOS

[root@server1 ~]# httpd -M | grep rewrite
 rewrite_module (shared)
[root@server1 ~]# 

On Debian/Ubuntu

root@ip-172-31-24-50:~# apachectl -M | grep rewrite
 rewrite_module (shared)
root@ip-172-31-24-50:~# 

If the command shows “rewrite_module”, you have rewrite module enabled on your Apache server.

On CentOS servers, rewrite module is enabled by default. On Ubuntu/Debian, you need to enable it with command

sudo a2enmod rewrite
sudo service apache2 restart

Enabling htaccess for your web site

To enable rewrite module for your web site, you need to add

AllowOverride All

In your VirtualHost entry.

Here is a sample virtual host entry i use on Ubuntu server.

<VirtualHost 127.0.0.1:80>
    ServerName blog.hostonnet.com
    ServerAdmin support@hostonnet.com
    DocumentRoot /home/blog.hostonnet.com/public_html
    CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/blog.hostonnet.com.log combined
    <Directory "/home/blog.hostonnet.com/public_html">
        Options All
        AllowOverride All
        Require all granted
        Order allow,deny
        allow from all
    </Directory>
</VirtualHost>

On CentOS server, default web site don’t have .htaccess enabled by default. To enable, edit httpd.conf

vi /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf

Find

<Directory "/var/www/html">
    #
    # Possible values for the Options directive are "None", "All",
    # or any combination of:
    #   Indexes Includes FollowSymLinks SymLinksifOwnerMatch ExecCGI MultiViews
    #
    # Note that "MultiViews" must be named *explicitly* --- "Options All"
    # doesn't give it to you.
    #
    # The Options directive is both complicated and important.  Please see
    # http://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.4/mod/core.html#options
    # for more information.
    #
    Options Indexes FollowSymLinks

    #
    # AllowOverride controls what directives may be placed in .htaccess files.
    # It can be "All", "None", or any combination of the keywords:
    #   Options FileInfo AuthConfig Limit
    #
    AllowOverride None

    #
    # Controls who can get stuff from this server.
    #
    Require all granted
</Directory>

Change

AllowOverride None

to

AllowOverride All

You need to restart apache with

On CentOS

service httpd restart

On Debian/Ubuntu

service apache2 restart

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