I'm trying to get a PHP routing library set up. They give this example for a .htaccess file:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . index.php [L]

I couldn't get this to work, so I tried enabling mod_rewrite, but it says "Module rewrite already enabled".

Why is it not working properly? Thanks! I'm running Ubuntu Precise 12.04, and apache2.2.22. (Checked for any updates)

EDIT: A couple more details, it's a PuPHPet vagrant build, rewrite should be enabled.


You need to allow the overwrite.

<Directory "/path/to/document/root/">
  AllowOverride All
  Allow from All
  • 5
    This is unnecessarily permissive. Only AllowOverride is necessary for the configuration in question. Allow from All has nothing to do with the question and may not be appropriate for @randomdev's environment. – Mark Dec 19 '15 at 16:15
  • <Directory "/path/to/document/root/"> I forgot to change /path/to/document/root/ to my project root.Thanks! – Abhishek Mar 16 '18 at 6:38

First of all, set your httpd configuration to this (the path may differ with one another. In my ubuntu it's placed at /etc/apache2/sites-available/default):

DocumentRoot /var/www

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

After that, you should enable mod_rewrite with this command:

sudo a2enmod rewrite

The last one, restart your apache service:

sudo service apache2 restart

To ensure that, you can check it again from phpinfo in Configuration > apache2handler > Loaded Modules there must be written mod_rewrite and it means mod_rewrite is enabled.


I had the similar problem, but the other answers did not helped me. This line at the begining of .htaccess solved my problem:

Options +FollowSymLinks -MultiViews

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