How-to Enable Apache 2 mod_rewrite on Debian Linux Easy Guide

October 14th, 2014 by thelinuxevangelist

Linux Debian Apache Rewrite Setup



The Tutorial Shows You Step-by-Step How-to Enable the Apache2 Rewrite Module on Debian 7-wheezy/8-jessie/9-sid Gnome/KDE/Xfce/Lxde Desktop.

The mod_rewrite module uses a rule-based rewriting engine, based on a PCRE regular-expression parser, to rewrite requested URLs on the fly. By default, mod_rewrite maps a URL to a filesystem path. However, it can also be used to redirect one URL to another URL, or to invoke an internal proxy fetch.

Apache mod_rewrite provides a flexible and powerful way to manipulate URLs using an unlimited number of rules. Each rule can have an unlimited number of attached rule conditions, to allow you to rewrite URL based on server variables, environment variables, HTTP headers, or time stamps

Enable Apache 2 mod_rewrite on Debian - Featured
  1. Open a Command Line Terminal Window
    (Press “Enter” to Execute Commands)

    Enable Apache 2 mod_rewrite on Debian - Open Terminal
  2. How-to Install LAMP Server on Debian

    LAMP Server Installation Debian
  3. Enabling Apache2 Rewrite Module

    sudo su -c "a2enmod rewrite"
  4. How-to Create an Apache 2 Virtual Host on Linux Debian:

    Debian Apache2 Virtual-Host Quick-Start
  5. To Setup an Apache2 Virtual Host for Rewrite

    sudo su -c "nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/[myDomainName].conf"

    Append inside the VirtualHost Section:

    <Directory /var/www/html/[mySite]>
        Options Indexes FollowSymLinks
        AllowOverride All
    </Directory>
    

    Ctrl+Shift+v to Paste Content into nano
    Ctrl+x to Save and Exit from nano Editor :)

  6. How-to Install APC PHP Accelerator on Debian Linux:

    Install PHP APC for Debian
  7. Restart Apache2 Web Server

    sudo service apache2 restart
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