As an example, I was expecting this


to evaluate to an internal rewrite


Why is it showing up on the browser url-bar as a 302 redirect ?

#Put in by the hosting company to enforce https
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} example\.software [NC]
RewriteCond %{SERVER_PORT} 80
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ https://example.software/$1 [R,L]

#Bunch of domains, not being used yet
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^example\.app$ [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www\.example\.app$ [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^example\.kiwi$ [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www\.example\.kiwi$ [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^example\.nz$ [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www\.example\.nz$ [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^example\.online$ [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www\.example\.online$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^ https://example.software/$1 [R=302,L]

#Internal redirects
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^example.software$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^home$ https://example.software\?mode\=home&%{QUERY_STRING}  [L]
RewriteRule ^contacts$ https://example.software\?mode\=contacts&%{QUERY_STRING}  [L]
RewriteRule ^credits$ https://example.software\?mode\=credits&%{QUERY_STRING}  [L]
RewriteRule ^downloads$ https://example.software\?mode\=downloads&%{QUERY_STRING}  [L]
RewriteRule ^developer$ https://example.software\?mode\=developer&%{QUERY_STRING}  [L]
RewriteRule ^projects$ https://example.software\?mode\=projects&%{QUERY_STRING}  [L]
RewriteRule ^(download)/([^/]+)$ https://example.software?mode=$1&name=$2 [L]
RewriteRule ^(code)/([^/]+)$ https://example.software?mode=$1&name=$2 [L]
RewriteRule ^(payment)/([^/]+)$ https://example.software?mode=$1&name=$2 [L]
RewriteRule ^(donation)/([^/]+)$ https://example.software?mode=payment&name=$2 [L]

Header always set Content-Security-Policy "upgrade-insecure-requests;"
Header append X-Frame-Options: "SAMEORIGIN"
Header append X-Content-Type-Options: "nosniff"```

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Your rewrite rules use absolute URLs that include the protocol and host name. Internal rewrites only work with relative URLs that have just the path. When mod_rewrite encounters an absolute URL for the target of the rewrite, it uses a redirect.

So instead of

RewriteRule ^home$ https://example.software\?mode\=home&%{QUERY_STRING}  [L]

You should use

RewriteRule ^home$ /\?mode\=home&%{QUERY_STRING}  [L]

There are some other possible problems with that rule. I don't think so much needs to escaped, rather than using a variable to append the query string, you should use the QSA (query string append) flag, and you probably need to rewrite to your index handler. The correct rewrite is probably going to look like:

RewriteRule ^home$ /index.php?mode=home  [QSA,L]
  • I just changed one of then to test. Its not working for me. To check, I dumped it using 'console.log (location.search.substring(1)' but I dont see anything for the internal redirect. Nov 17, 2021 at 21:43
  • 3
    That code sounds like JavaScript to me. You can't test rewrite rules from JavaScript. You need to use something like curl and your server logs. Nov 17, 2021 at 23:08

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