I have a part of domain example.com/~mypart. In that folder is index.html. If I visit example.com/~mypart/something I get a "Not Found" error.

I want every address with some string after example.com/~mypart/ to rewrite to example.com/~mypart (index.html) and keep the string so I can use JavaScript in index.html to get that string.

  • I changed "redirect" to "rewrite". Redirects change the URL but rewrites don't. You say you want to give access to the URL to JavaScript, so you will need a rewrite that doesn't change the URL. – Stephen Ostermiller Jun 21 '18 at 13:58

This is a standard front-controller pattern. You can use mod_dir's FallbackResource directive in the .htaccess file at /~mypart/.htaccess. For example:

FallbackResource /~mypart/index.html

(If /~mypart is an Apache per-user web directory then just use /index.html.)

Many examples will use mod_rewrite, but unless you have more complex URL rewriting requirements, then the above is sufficient (and recommended).


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    Oh I was looking for answers for about an hour and I did not find anything that used FallbackResource. Very nice! – Reenergy Jun 21 '18 at 17:02
  • Glad you got it working. Just curious, is /~mypart a physical subdirectory on your filesystem, or an "Apache per-user web directory" (as mentioned above)? – MrWhite Jun 21 '18 at 17:30
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    Apache per-user web directory – Reenergy Jun 21 '18 at 18:07

Add the following to your httaccess file:

    # if folder does not exist
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
    # if file does not exist
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
    # redirect anything to
    RewriteRule ^(.*)$ ~mypart/$1 [L]

credit where is due

And after that, once the page loads, you can use the following javascript code to get the requested file

    var requestedResource = window.location.href.replace('example.com/~mypart/','');
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  • Thank you, however it doesn't work for me. Probably I am doing something wrong. But it's okay because solution from MrWhite did work for me and you showed me side of htaccess which I did not know about. So thank you. – Reenergy Jun 21 '18 at 16:58
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    There are a few issues with these directvies... 1. If using mod_rewrite, you need to enable the rewrite engine, ie. RewriteEngine On. 2. In order to only target the /~mypart subdirectory, these directives would need to go in the /~mypart/.htaccess file (as opposed to the document root), although /~mypart does "look-like" an Apache web-user directory, so this may not be necessary. 3. Either way, you would need to also remove the ~mypart/ from the RewriteRule substitution. 4. This currently rewrites to itself ($1 backreference), this should be index.html. – MrWhite Jun 21 '18 at 17:27

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