I'm having a bad .htaccess day!

I want a user to be able to type the URL


instead of


On .htaccess file I have:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{SCRIPT_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{SCRIPT_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule ^/(.*)$ /$1.html [NC,L]

But this simply does not work?

I will add though that if i try this further inside the site e.g.


Works perfectly whether I have the above code in the .htaccess or not

What am I doing wrong?

  • Not a direct solution, but moving the file to about/index.html gives you the same result.
    – johannes
    Commented Mar 30, 2012 at 12:42
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    There should be NO leading slash when matching in RewriteRule if placed in .htaccess. Try this: RewriteRule ^(.*)$ /$1.html [NC,L]
    – LazyOne
    Commented Mar 30, 2012 at 12:50
  • Also, instead of using mod_rewrite, you can look at Options directive, MultiViews in particular: httpd.apache.org/docs/current/mod/core.html#options
    – LazyOne
    Commented Mar 30, 2012 at 12:53

1 Answer 1


just avoid slashes before both matching patterns and destination. So,

RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteCond %{SCRIPT_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{SCRIPT_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ $1.html [NC,L]

should work perfectly.

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