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I am new to Ubuntu server, so learning as I go along. I have followed a tutorial for setting up Ubuntu server and everything for getting my server running with apache2 and ISPConfig.

My main site runs fine, but I use a folder for when I am messing around with web pages scripts. I used to host on Windows and I didn't have to change anything : it displayed the content of the folder when typed in the URL-bar, but this is not working on this setup.

I have another folder with an index file in it, and this runs ok, so I put an index file in the folder I am having trouble with, and it opened that without any trouble.

My guess is that there is probably something simple to change in apache settings so it can read a directory and not looking for an index file... but I'm not sure how to do that. Can someone help please ?

I hope that all this makes sense.

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The reason Windows allowed to access the folder might be because Windows is insecure :D - most people don't want other people rifling around their websites folders... – Wilf Feb 15 '14 at 22:40

Option 1:

Add directory option to Apache configuration file /etc/httpd/httpd.conf or /etc/apache2/apache2.conf:

sudo nano /etc/apache2/apache2.conf

And add Following code:

<Directory /var/www/>
Options Indexes FollowSymLinks

Save and close the file.

Then restart Apache:

/etc/init.d/httpd restart


/etc/init.d/apache2 restart

Option 2:

You can place config line Options Indexes in .htaccess file. Make sure .htaccess file support is enabled.

sudo nano .htaccess

Append following apache directive:

Options Indexes

Save and close the file.

Taken from This Page (written in 2007)

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That seems right, but for Ubuntu, you should replace the vi command with sudo nano, which is more easy to use for simple tasks like these. And @MarioSegura, please don't direclty link another web-page, if it's down, the person will not have the answer. Please quote this link and write the answer directly. – MrVaykadji Feb 15 '14 at 22:20
Alright thanks, sorry I'm new to askubuntu. I shall make changes to it right now – Mario Segura Feb 15 '14 at 22:22
I edited your post, you could do something like that. – MrVaykadji Feb 15 '14 at 22:30
@MrVaykadji - You can use vi - but nano works much better :-) – Wilf Feb 15 '14 at 22:39
Let's just say that I tried vi ONCE... and I wasn't able to even close it without searching the web >< (fyi : you have to type :q to close vi) – MrVaykadji Feb 15 '14 at 22:42

Thanks for reply couldn't figure out your method 1, couldn't get it to work but I used part of method 2, I used the .htaccess file from the web folder and added Options Indexes to it but that didn't work but I added Options +Indexes to it (taken from comments from the page your answer was from) and now it work thanks very much for help :)

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