How to enable URL rewriting using the Turnkey Linux LAMP stack

johna by | December 27, 2023 | Website Hosting

This post is a follow-up to my original post on How to set up a website and database using the Turnkey Linux LAMP stack.

If you want to use an .htaccess file to manage URL rewriting on your Turnkey Linux LAMP stack server, there are a few steps you will need to perform to make this work.

First you must enable mod_rewrite for Apache.

Log in it to Webmin and press Command Shell from the Tools menu.

Enter the following command then press Execute command.

a2enmod rewrite

Command Shell

Next you need to allow overrides so that Apache will allow URL rewrite rules in a .htaccess file.

In the Servers menu, press Apache Webserver and then find your website in the list of existing virtual hosts and press the edit button (globe icon).

Apache Webserver

Then from the Virtual Server Options page press Edit Directives.

Virtual Server Options

Add the following line inside of the Directory section:

AllowOverride All

Edit Directives

Finally you can create a .htaccess file in your website folder with the rewrite rules you need. Following is an example that will load the index.php page for any request for a file or folder that does not exist.

Options FollowSymLinks
RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ index.php [QSA,L]

Make sure you include the first line, Options FollowSymLinks.

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