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In my PHP based web application, there's a form that generates a URL according to the user's selection. The form has 7 different fields, each one of them affects the final URL, none of them is mandatory.

The final URL can be:


or just:


these URLs should be rewritten to-




Is it possible to create a single rewrite rule that will cover these variations? I'd hate to create different rewrite rule for every possible scenario, it'll take forever...

I'm currently developing the app on a Windows machine with IIS 7.5, but will eventually deploy it to an Apache server.

Is it possible in both? I currently need to solve it for the IIS environment, and later on for Apache.

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For the Apache side of things, see – Peter Taylor Jan 15 '12 at 8:04
@PeterTaylor Thanks! – jitzo Jan 16 '12 at 2:33

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From Use the following rewrite rule to forward the entire URL into your script:

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ index.php?q=$1 [L,QSA]

Then inside your index.php script, get the 'q' parameter, and split it on slashes. Put the values into a map.

$pathmap = ();
if ($_GET["q"]){
    $path = split("/", $_GET["q"]);
    for ($i=0; $i+1<count($path); $i++){
        $pathmap[$path[$i]] = $path[$i+1];
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