Good tutorial http://fragments.turtlemeat.com/htaccess.php
Table of contents
· What is .htaccess for?
· .htaccess syntax
· Forbidding all files
· Allow access from a certain IP address
· Forbid access from a certain IP address
· Forbidding a group of files by mask
· Forbidding a particular file
Setting a password:
· Password for a directory
· Password for one file only
· Password for a group of files
· Checking access rights to three directories two of which are subdirectories
· Redirecting a visitor to another URL
· Displaying different pages depending on the visitor’s IP address
· Redirecting a user when he requests certain pages
· How to change the default page
· How to make Apache process SSI directives
· How to process Apache errors yourself?
· How to forbid the contents of a directory to be displayed if it has no index file?
· Is it possible to specify the default encoding of files the browser receives them in?
· Is it possible to specify the encoding of uploaded files?
· I created the .htaccess file, but the server returns 500 – Internal Erorr
Programs list for managing of the Apache servers
· What programs do exist for managing of the Apache servers? (Apache GUI)
What is .htaccess for?
When you type an address in the address bar of your browser, your computer receives files that your browser displays. The web server controls which files and how should be displayed (sent) to you. The two most popular servers are IIS and Apache.
Like any other software, a web server has certain settings. However, as an Apache user, you may have no (and if we talk about virtual hosting, most probably you will have no) rights to change the Apache configuration using its main configuration files that affect all server users. But you can modify some configuration files that affect only your website. One of such files is .htaccess.
It is a flexible Apache web server configuration file. “Flexible” means that as soon as you modify anything in this file, the changes are applied immediately. You can use it to redefine a lot of directives from the file httpd.conf (this file is the main configuration file in Apache and it affects absolutely all users of this Apache copy). In those cases when you have no access to the Apache configuration file (exactly in case of virtual hosting), it is this file that will help you.
A web user cannot access this file using the browser. If the .htaccess file is located in the root directory of the server, it affects the entire server except those directories where other .htaccess files are stored (and except all their subdirectories).
Your directories have the following structure on the server:
The directories ‘user1’ and ‘user2’ will be subdirectories for the user directory. If we put the .htaccess file in the ‘user’ directory, it will automatically affect directories ‘user1’ and ‘user2’.
We save another .htaccess file to the ‘data’ directory, this file is different from the one stored in the ‘user’ directory. The .htaccess file located in ‘data’ will affect the directories ‘data1’ and ‘data2’.
Now we save another .htaccess file that is different from the one stored in the directory 2 levels higher (the ‘user’ directory) to the ‘user2’ directory. As a result, the settings of the ‘user2’ directory will be defined only by the .htaccess file located in this directory.
Since most often Apache is configured in such a way that it always searches each directory for this file, .htaccess will help you quickly reconfigure the server without stopping it.
Here is the required syntax. If you do not observe it, it will result in server errors.
— paths to files (directories) are specified from the server root. Example: /opt/home/www.site.com/htdocs/config/.htpasswd — domains with protocols specified. Example: Redirect / http://www.site.com
The file name is exactly “dot” htaccess. It must be in the UNIX format (ASCII mode).
How to forbid visitors to read files from a directory?
Forbidding all files:
deny from all
Allow access from a certain IP address:
order allow deny deny from all allow from
In this case, stands for a specific address. For example:
order allow deny deny from all allow from 220.127.116.11
Forbid access from a certain IP address:
order allow deny deny from all deny from
Using is similar to the example above.
Forbidding a group of files by mask:
order allow,deny deny from all
Defines access to a file by its extension. For example, forbidding web visitors to access files with the “inc” extension:
order allow,deny deny from all
In this example the Apache server can access files with this extension.
Forbidding a particular file:
You can forbid a particular file using its name and extension.
order allow,deny deny from all
This example forbids the file config.inc.php to be accessed.
AuthName will be displayed for the user and can be used to explain authentication request. The value of AuthUserFile defines the location where the file with passwords for accessing this directory is stored. This file is created by a special tool named htpasswd.exe contained in Apache
For example, we create the following .htaccess file in the protected directory:
In this example, the user requesting this directory will read the message “For Registered Users Only”, the file with passwords for access must be stored in the directory /pub/site.com/ and it must be named .htpasswd . The directory is specified from the server root. If you specify the directory incorrectly, Apache will not be able to read the .htpasswd file and nobody will get access to this directory.
Password for one file only:
Similar to protecting a whole directory with a password, you can set a password for one file only. An example of setting a password to the file private.zip:
Task: there is a directory named a1 containing two subdirectories (a2, a3), there are two access levels for users. The first group can access only a1 and a2, the second group can access all three directories. You should perform authentication only once – when accessing a1, but observe access rights for а2 and а3. The username and password are requested only once while accessing а1 – if the user has access to а2, the password it not requested again. If the user has no access to а3, he will see the message “Enter the password”.
SSI allows you to “assemble” a page using its parts. You have the code of the menu in one part, the code of the header in another part and the footer in a third part. And the visitor sees a usual page consisting of the code stored in your parts.
Some settings in httpd.conf are required.
Add Includes to the Options directive in the block starting with and ending with .
After that add the following to the .htaccess file:
AddHandler server-parsed .shtml .shtm .html .htm
How to process Apache errors yourself?
The most interesting and useful Apache errors are 403-404, 500.
403 – the user has not been authenticated, access denied (Forbidden). 404 – the requested document (file, directory) is not found. 500 – internal server error (for example, an error in the syntax of the .htaccess file).
For the user to see your own error messages for these error, add the following to .htaccess:
Determine the document that caused error in error.php using $HTTP_SERVER_VARS[‘REQUEST_URI’] and process it then. If .htaccess contains the file with the full path for ErrorDocument (http://site.com/error.php), $HTTP_SERVER_VARS[‘REQUEST_URI’] will contain this file instead of the one that caused the error.
Internet Explorer 5.0 incorrectly processes the error file if it is smaller than 1 kilobyte. It opens the standard IE 404 page.
How to forbid the contents of a directory to be displayed if it has no index file?
Suppose all graphics used on your site is stored in the ‘img’ directory. A visitor can type the address of this directory in his browser and see the list of all your image files. Of course, it will not cause any damage, but you might forbid the visitor to view this directory as well. Add the following to .htaccess:
Is it possible to specify the encoding of all file the browser receives documents in by default?
When the Internet only came to existence and first browsers appeared, it often happened that the browser could not automatically determine which of the Russian encodings a document was written in and the browser displayed a complete mess. To avoid it, specify that all pages will be encoded in Windows-1251:
Is it possible to specify the encoding of uploaded files?
When a visitor uploads a file to the server, it is possible to recode it. To do it, specify that all uploaded files will be encoded in Windows-1251:
I created the .htaccess file, but the server returns 500 – Internal Error
There is an error in its syntax or the file is saved in the wrong format.