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.HTACCESS File Extension

File TypeApache HTACCESS File

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What is an HTACCESS file?

Configuration file used by an Apache Web server that provides instructions for different directories of a website; "htaccess" is short for HTTP access, which is the protocol used for transmitting Web pages.

More Information

The .htaccess file can used to perform several important functions such as:

  • Define the index page of a directory (i.e. "index.html" or "index.php")
  • Specify the 404 (Page not found) error page
  • Perform 301 or 302 page redirects
  • Deny access from specific IP address or other websites
  • Restrict access to certain directories and pages
  • Execute MOD_REWRITE instructions
The .htaccess file is always named ".htaccess" and does not include a filename before the dot. It is placed in the root directory of a website and is processed by the Web server each time a Web page is accessed.

The Apache .htaccess Tutorial includes additional information about how and when to use .htaccess files.

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Programs that open HTACCESS files
Windows
Apache Web Server
Microsoft Notepad
Other text editor
Mac
Apache Web Server
MacRabbit Espresso
MacroMates TextMate
Other text editor
Linux
Apache Web Server
Vi
Other text editor
Updated 12/20/2012

About the file extension htaccess

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