Hello, friends. On Debian and Ubuntu, it is effortless to enable mod_rewrite, which is an Apache utility to rewrite addresses in our applications. However, in the case of Rocky Linux 8 / Alma Linux 8 the issue is not the same. So, you will learn how to enable mod_rewrite for Apache in Rocky Linux 8 / Alma Linux 8.
The rewrite module
The rewrite module is a default module in Apache. This module allows you to generate dynamic URLs that replace the ones generated by your website or application. One of the main advantages is that these alternative addresses do not affect the performance, but above all they are more readable for everyone.
By default, it is present in all Apache builds, but we have to enable it so that we can use it on our site.
In the case of Ubuntu and Debian, the process is reduced to a single command so that applications can make use of it.
Today, you will learn how to do this in Rocky Linux 8 / Alma Linux 8.
Let’s get started.
How to enable mod_rewrite for Apache in Rocky Linux 8 / Alma Linux 8
The first thing we need to do, after installing Apache on Rocky Linux 8, is to make sure that
mod_rewrite is not enabled.
To achieve this, simply run the following command
httpd -M | grep rewrite
If you get output that looks like this
Then the module is enabled and there is nothing more to do.
Otherwise, we can continue.
If it is not enabled, then we have to edit the Apache configuration file.
sudo vi /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf
And look for the following line
#LoadModule rewrite_module modules/mod_rewrite.so
And remove # from the beginning of the line. Then it will look like this:
LoadModule rewrite_module modules/mod_rewrite.so
In case you can’t find this line, just add it
Save the changes and close the editor.
The next step is to enable the module in the
configurationfile of each new site. This is useful because with
.htaccess we will be able to redirect URLs without modifying the general Apache configuration.
All you have to do is inside the directive
<Directory /var/www/html> add this
AllowOverride directive already exists, then you have to set it to
All as in the example.
To apply the changes, close the editor and restart Apache.
sudo systemctl restart httpd
And you are done.
Hopefully, this short but interesting post will help you to get better with Apache web server on a system like Rocky Linux 8. Now you know how to enable this module in a simple way.