Enable mod_rewrite on Ubuntu server for CakePHP

August 13, 2008 – 10:06 am

To have CakePHP working with pretty URLs, mod_rewrite has to be enabled.  The following is a how-to for enabling mod_rewrite for Apach2 on Ubuntu.

System info:

/etc/apache2$ cat /proc/version
Linux version 2.6.24-16-server (buildd@palmer) (gcc version 4.2.3 (Ubuntu 4.2.3-2ubuntu7)) #1 SMP Thu Apr 10 13:58:00 UTC 2008

Step 1: Enable mod_rewrite

/etc/apache2$ sudo a2enmod rewrite
Module rewrite installed; run /etc/init.d/apache2 force-reload to enable.

Step 2: Enable .htaccess overrides in the directories:

/etc/apache2$ sudo vi sites-available/default

Change AllowOverride from “None” to “All”; it should look like this afterwards:

<Directory /var/www/>
Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews
AllowOverride All
Order allow,deny
allow from all

Step 3: Re-start apache

/etc/apache2$ sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 force-reload
* Reloading web server config apache2        [ OK ]

Apache2 configuration is something new to me.  So, this is one of my more interesting moments…

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