SimplePi SimplePi - 5 months ago 18x
HTML Question

Remove .html and .php extensions with .htaccess

How do I remove the file type from my webpages without creating a new directory and naming the file index.php. I want to

How would I go about doing this.

PS: I tried looking at some other tutorials but there to confusing. I do now that it can be done in .htaccess


Yes, I know that this question was asked multiple times already and is answered, but I will give a little more comprehensive answer based on my experience.

Here is the .htaccess code snippet that will help you:

# Apache Rewrite Rules
 <IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
  Options +FollowSymLinks
  RewriteEngine On
  RewriteBase /

# Add trailing slash to url
  RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
  RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !(\.[a-zA-Z0-9]{1,5}|/|#(.*))$
  RewriteRule ^(.*)$ $1/ [R=301,L]

# Remove .php-extension from url
  RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
  RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME}\.php -f
  RewriteRule ^([^\.]+)/$ $1.php 

# End of Apache Rewrite Rules

I want to stress some important things here for everybody's reference:

  • This code snippet doesn't remove entry scripts from url (such as index.php used by many PHP frameworks)
  • It only removes .php extension, if you want to remove other extension as well (e.g. .html), copy and paste 3rd block and replace php with other extension.
  • Don't forget to also remove extension from anchors (links) href.