Setting Up Apache Server to Use .htaccess File on Window Systems

Q

How to use .htaccess file with Apache server on Window systems?

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A
Assuming that you have installed the Apache server on your Windows system. You can follow this tutorial to add .htaccess files to provide directory specific configuration.

1. Assuming that your Apache server is installed at: C:\Program Files\Apache Software Foundation\Apache2.2

2. Open in "notepad" Apache server configuration file at C:\Program Files\Apache Software Foundation\Apache2.2\conf\httd.conf

3. Find the Directory section and set AllowOverride to "All" to allow .htaccess override configuration settings:

<Directory "C:/Program Files/Apache Software Foundation/Apache2.2/htdocs">
...
    AllowOverride All
</Directory>

4. Add an new command to change access file name from .htaccess to dot.htaccess. This is important because Windows systems do not like .htaccess as a file name.

AccessFileName dot.htaccess

5. Save httd.conf file and restart the Apache server.

6. Create an access file and save it as: C:\Program Files\Apache Software Foundation\Apache2.2\htdocs\dot.htaccess with:

Redirect /_test_htaccess.html http://windows.fyicenter.com

7. Run Web browser with http://localhost:8080/_test_htaccess.html. Your browser will be redirected to our Web site.

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