I am trying to redirect an old URL


to a new URL


using .htaccess.

Here is the contents of example.com/keyboard/.htaccess:

IndexIgnore *
Redirect 301 keyboardchart.php keyboard-chart.php

However, I get a "500 Internal Server Error" when navigating to the old URL.

What am I doing wrong?

2 Answers 2

Redirect 301 keyboardchart.php keyboard-chart.php

The 500 error is because the target URL is relative. That is not allowed with a mod_alias Redirect. The target URL must either be absolute (with a scheme and hostname) or must start with a slash (ie. root-relative).

But also, the source URL-path will not match either. You must specify a root-relative URL-path, starting with a slash.

Regardless of where the .htaccess file is located, the mod_alias Redirect directive is the same. Unlike mod_rewrite (RewriteRule) that has the concept of a "directory-prefix".

So, like VladShundalov suggests, you would need a directive of the form:

Redirect 301 /keyboard/keyboardchart.php /keyboard/keyboard-chart.php

Note that this matches any query string. The query string is automatically passed through to the target. You can't actually match the query string with a mod_alias Redirect.

If you need to match the specific query string then you must use mod_rewrite instead. For example, in the example.com/keyboard/.htaccess file you could write something like:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} ^gam=7&sty=15&lay=1$
RewriteRule ^keyboardchart\.php$ /keyboard/keyboard-chart.php [R=301,L]

Note that you don't state the subdirectory on the RewriteRule pattern in this case, however, you do still need a root-relative path on the substitution (unless you specify the path with a RewriteBase directive). The query string is passed through to the substitution automatically by default.

  • Fixed RewriteRule substitution string. Added info about query string.
    – MrWhite
    Commented Dec 18, 2016 at 17:03

Quick and dirty way - try, it should work.

Redirect 301 /keyboard/keyboardchart.php?gam=7&sty=15&lay=1 /keyboard/keyboard-chart.php?gam=7&sty=15&lay=1

If You have a lot of such URL then look forward using rewrite rules.

  • 2
    The Redirect directive matches against the URL-path only, not the query string. If you specify a query string then it will never match (as it tries to match it against the URL-path). Just remove the query string and it should work.
    – MrWhite
    Commented Dec 18, 2016 at 1:03

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