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I am adding a new application to my site at I want views at that URL to always open myapp.php.

E.g. -> and ->

What's the correct form of rewrite rules in the .htaccess file?

I've got:

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /app/
RewriteRule ^myapp\.php$ - [L]
RewriteRule ^myapp.php$ - [L]
RewriteRule . - [L]

...based on what the Wordpress front-end does. But all I see at is a directory of files. :(

(I put those rewrites at the top of my .htaccess file).

Any ideas?

Update What actually worked:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} ^/app(/.*)?$ [NC]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteRule . /app/myapp.php [L]

This is good because:

  1. Explicit or implicit calls to app/myapp.php work.
  2. redirects to app/myapp.php
  3. redirects to app/myapp.php
  4. redirects to app/myapp.php
  5. All other calls to are untouched.

Item 4 is Wordpress-like Front Controller pattern behaviour.

I think that rule

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} ^/app.*$ [NC]

needs refining as it allows /app-oh-my-goodness etc. through too. Thanks for the answers.

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DirectoryIndex sound more like what you want. (If mod_dir is installed)

DirectoryIndex myapp.php


Or if you still want mod_rewrite, this should work:

RewriteRule app(/*)$ [L]
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This is close but spoils needed access to myapp.php (and CSS files etc.) so needs RewriteCond line. See edited question. Also the rule is a little too wide I think. - Great call on "DirectoryIndex". I had forgotten that rule and I like it. – Dizzley Feb 27 '11 at 8:52
$ should keep it from matching css or php files. RewriteCond might not be necessary unless it becomes more complex. – J.Romero Feb 27 '11 at 9:04
Doesn't "/*" mean "0 or many /", and "/?" is a bit better? Still... thank you. – Dizzley Feb 27 '11 at 9:33


RewriteRule ^app/?$ app/myapp.php [L]
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Thanks - that "?" means "0 or 1 /" - helps a lot. Need rules for app, app/ and app/subfunction really. What about "^app(/.*)?$" ? – Dizzley Feb 27 '11 at 9:16
Yes ? means 0 or 1 in this case. That looks correct. And you can use $1 to pass "subfunction" to thr url you are redirecting to. – Zimbabao Feb 27 '11 at 9:18
You win Best Answer but you are both awesome and helpful! – Dizzley Feb 27 '11 at 10:14

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