Help with mod_rewrite: removing .php extension

Posted on 2008-06-26
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
I'm trying to be able to remove the .php extension from my urls using mod_rewrite in a .htaccess file.   The .htaccess file is in the top-level directory of the site (

Here's what I have:

CheckSpelling Off
ErrorDocument 404 /404.php
RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME}.php -f
RewriteRule ^/?([a-zA-Z0-9]+)$ $1.php [L]

Problem is, that this isn't working.  When I type in, it should display, but I get a 404 not found error page instead.  I wondered if the regex was catching the dash in sizing-recommendations, so I tried, which should have displayed  Still got the 404 error.

What am I doing wrong here?  I just got the above code from

BTW, the site is password protected, so you can't view it yourself.
Question by:light_bulb
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Expert Comment

ID: 21882082
You do not allow using "/" in uri - try ([a-zA-Z0-9\/]+)

Author Comment

ID: 21907762
Ok, I tried that, but it's still not working.

After modifying the regex as you suggest, I pointed my browser to, but I got a 404 page which said "The requested URL /www/vhosts/f/ was not found on this server."

Not sure what's going on here....

Author Comment

ID: 21907808
Or if I try  ^/+([a-zA-Z0-9]+)$ $1.php [L]

I get this message on the 404 page:

The requested URL /applications/blasting/benefits was not found on this server.
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Expert Comment

ID: 21907874
Does server have this file /www/vhosts/f/ ?

Server said "The requested URL /www/vhosts/f/ was not found on this server."
Is it true?

Author Comment

ID: 21907921
Oh, man.  I made a mistake.  There isn't a newsite/benefits.php file.  It's at newsite/applications/blasting/benefits.php

So the script isn't putting in the "applications/blasting" part that I need.  How can I accomplish that?


Accepted Solution

light_bulb earned 0 total points
ID: 21910220
Ok, here's what I came up with that works.  Found this at:

RewriteEngine on
## Internally rewrite extensionless file requests to .php files ##
# If the requested URI does not contain a period in the final path-part
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !(\.[^./]+)$
# and if it does not exist as a directory
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
# and if it does not exist as a file
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
# then add .html to get the actual filename
RewriteRule (.*) /$1.php [L]

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