I'm trying to enable use of htaccess file in Ubuntu 14.04 (Apache 2.4.7). I know that this question has many possible duplicates, but none of them helped me yet.


ErrorDocument 404 /404.html


<VirtualHost *:80>
AccessFileName .htaccess

ServerAdmin webmaster@localhost
DocumentRoot /var/www

ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/error.log
CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/access.log combined

<Directory /var/www/>
  Options Indexes FollowSymLinks Includes
  AllowOverride All
  Order allow,deny
  Allow from all

What else is needed?

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    The AllowOverride All directive allows all options in the .htaccess file. The 000-default.conf assumes that there is only one site on your server. Is the .htaccess file not working for you? Are there more than one site hosted on this server?
    – closetnoc
    Commented Apr 23, 2014 at 18:40
  • There are many folders in /var/www but no virtual hosts are created. /etc/apache2/sites-available/ folder contains two files, 000-default.conf and default-ssl.conf. htaccess file is located in /var/www/ Commented Apr 23, 2014 at 20:27
  • Maybe 'DocumentRoot /var/www/'? (trailing slash)
    – Kevin
    Commented Apr 23, 2014 at 21:08
  • Check to make sure /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/ contains a link to 000-default.conf. If you change the /var/www/index.html file you can see the changes when you view the server with a web browser, right? Commented Apr 24, 2014 at 1:52

4 Answers 4


First Step

Open file as

sudo vim /etc/apache2/apache2.conf

Second Step

remove comment sign (#) if you find it before this line ( line number 187 approx.)

AccessFileName .htaccess

Third Step

Then find the line where there is

<Directory /var/www/>
     Options Indexes FollowSymLinks
     AllowOverride None
     Require all granted

replace "None" with "All"

AllowOverride All

And voila... .htaccess works!!

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    changes didn't take effect until I restarted apache Command: service apache restart Commented Feb 3, 2015 at 15:59
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    I suggest, as @TahirYasin mentions, restarting apache. sudo service apache2 restart.
    – www139
    Commented Dec 23, 2016 at 4:55

Activate ModRewrite:

sudo a2enmod rewrite
sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart
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    The service command is now the preferred way to restart Apache: sudo service apache2 restart. Commented Sep 12, 2014 at 8:36

In my case the changing AllowOverride None to AllowOverride All in /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/000-default.conf helped.

All other .conf files have already had AllowOverride All.

  1. In /etc/apache2/apache2.conf remove comment sign (#) from AccessFileName .htaccess
  2. The name of your Apache configuration file is not standard. You can rename it to default.conf in Windows and rename it to default in Linux. In Linux based OS run this code in terminal:

    sudo cp /etc/apache2/sites-available/000-default.conf /etc/apache2/sites-available/default
  • It is named with the zeros so that it comes first alphabetically. If you have a default.conf file and then create a site for anteater.com, then anteater becomes the default host because it gets loaded first. Keep the 000 to prevent such problems. The name of the conf file shouldn't have anything to do with whether or not .htaccess works. Commented Apr 24, 2014 at 1:50
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    'AccessFileName .htaccess' is already uncommented. Above answer helped me. Thanks. Commented Apr 25, 2014 at 5:16

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