How to Test .htaccess Files

Posted by: jzelazny | 13 Comments »

Categorized: Web Development

A quick way to find out if your server is reading your .htaccess files is to type “test” or any text into it. If the .htaccess file is being used – you will get a server error when you reload a page on that site. If you do not get an error – you most likely need to adjust your AllowOveride directive so it does not use “None”.

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13 Responses to “How to Test .htaccess Files”

  1. Doug says:

    Why would it not be working? Perhaps you need to invest in a quality web hosting product like Mac OS X Server.

  2. If we could all be so lucky to have more OS X Server in our lives…

    • AtomWorks says:

      Are you guys being sarcastic because I’m dealing with an OS X Server at the moment and its default setup is more then a little problematic for CMS systems.

      • I am so sarcastic when it comes to OS X Server. I actually prefer to use Mac OS X when I had Xserves. The cost is too much for the added “admin” features with OS X Server…and I am sure you heard “it will be fixed in the next version” a few times.

  3. jeremiah says:

    you should finish this article by saing “If you get no server error page, you don’t have htaccess support on your web hoster.”

  4. hi, is there anywhere on the WEB htaccess test online?

  5. jack fisher says:

    if the .htaccess file not working your entry page should show error ? no ?
    whyelse would you wan to test your file ??
    some additional lines may be for cache , gzip and other commands
    best regards

  6. Webteam Asia says:

    I had recently added some “deny” access restrictions on one of my websites’ .htaccess, Is there any way to test and see if it’s working?

    -Edward

  7. Mat says:

    TO TEST TO SEE IF YOU HAVE .htaccess ENABLED ON YOUR SERVER

    a.) add the following line of code to your .htaccess file
    redirect 301 /filename.html http://www.zioncrimefactory.com

    b.) create an empty filename.html file

    c.) upload .htaccess and filename.html files to your doc root

    d.) point your browser at http://www.YOURdomainNAME.com/filename.html

    e.) check result…

    if you have .htaccess enabled on your server, hey presto, you will be redirected to the truth

    good luck

  8. Dikaio says:

    How in the world does an OSX Server have anything to do with a .htaccess file? Ubuntu/OSX both have apache with a default install and both need you to modify the config files to get .htaccess to work.

  9. I came across a testing site which you can use

    http://htaccess.madewithlove.be/

    I had to create re-write rules because I had SSL pages indexed in Google as well as sort and filter dynamically generated URI’s. Combined with link canonicalisation and 2x robots (1 cloaked for SSL) I hope it is now sorted!

  10. wajid says:

    thats a nice post you effort for this thanks for this one i want to test my site htaceesss file weather it is workiing of not

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