How can I rewrite a URL so that following is achieved:

example.com/old/index.htm is redirected to example.com/new/index.htm ?

I've tried to add the following RewriteRule in my server config vhost to no avail:

<Location /old>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteRule /$1 /new/$1 [R]

1 Answer 1


You should never use mod_rewrite directives inside a <Location> wrapper. The docs explicitly warn against this.

However, to simply redirect "old" to "new" you don't necessarily need mod_rewrite. A simple mod_alias Redirect directive would suffice. Although a possible exception to this is if you are already using mod_rewrite for other redirects/rewrites.

For example:

Redirect 302 /old/ /new/

The Redirect directive is prefix-matching, and everything after the match is copied to the end of the target URL. So, the above will redirect /old/<anything> to /new/<anything>.

Or with mod_rewrite:

RewriteEngine On

RewriteRule ^/?old/(.*) /new/$1 [R=302,L]

R (without an explicit response code) is the same as R=302, however, it is often better to be explicit.

  • Indeed, I was not paying attention. Using Redirect is the most straightforward thing to do in this situation. Thanks for your help and also for the alternative using RewriteRule, I still have a lot to learn in that area.
    – wouter205
    Nov 15, 2021 at 15:29
  • @wouter205 You're welcome. I've just realised I didn't add any explanation regarding the Redirect directive - I've updated my answer.
    – MrWhite
    Nov 15, 2021 at 15:33
  • Perfect! I only used Redirect for HTTPS redirection so I forgot that anything that comes after the match is copied as well. Good reminder :-)
    – wouter205
    Nov 15, 2021 at 15:42
  • Yes, this is often overlooked.
    – MrWhite
    Nov 15, 2021 at 15:48

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