help with Apache Mod_Rewrite rule

Posted on 2010-01-12
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Last Modified: 2012-05-08
Hello All,

I'm trying to rewrite a URL to make it more SEO friendly. I have tried many different rewrite rules but can't seem to get it working properly.

Here is what I'm trying to do. I would like to rewrite a URL like this:


The values of firstname, lastname, city, state, usernum amd photo number up until the C.jpg will be variable.

Here is another example:


I would like to use Apache rewrite to strip out everything between /photos/ and 123.456.789C.jpg and replace the dots (periods) between 123,456 and 789 with / .

So I want the rewrite to look like this:


Additional info: the last 9 digits before the "C.jpg" will always be 9 digits (ie. 123.456.789)

Any help will be greatly appreciated!!
Question by:chris0011
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Expert Comment

ID: 26301670

If you have access to the httpd.conf, stick something along the following lines in your VirtualHost definition, end check the mod_rewrite is loaded:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteRule /photos/_[a-zA-Z]*_[a-zA-Z]*_[a-zA-Z]*_[a-zA-Z][a-zA-Z]_[a-zA-Z0-9]*_([0-9]*).([0-9]*).([0-9]*C.jpg)   /photos/$1/$2/$3 [L]

Else you will need to loose the leading '/' and add the rules to a .htaccess file, e.g. for a .htaccess in your Document root:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteRule photos/_[a-zA-Z]*_[a-zA-Z]*_[a-zA-Z]*_[a-zA-Z][a-zA-Z]_[a-zA-Z0-9]*_([0-9]*).([0-9]*).([0-9]*C.jpg)   /photos/$1/$2/$3 [L]

Author Comment

ID: 26307998
Hi Arober11,

Thanks for your help.

Unfortunately, the rewrite rule still isn't catching the URL.

When I go to -- I get this error in the apache error log:

[Wed Jan 13 12:20:26 2010] [error] [client] File does not exist: /mysite_photos_final/_keta_pat_ahemedabad_india_2345_000.001.994C.jpg

Not sure what I'm missing here.

thanks again,

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Accepted Solution

arober11 earned 2000 total points
ID: 26310040

That URL has a "country name" rather than two character "state code" in it, this should support both formats:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteRule /photos/_[a-zA-Z]*_[a-zA-Z]*_[a-zA-Z]*_[a-zA-Z]*_[a-zA-Z0-9]*_([0-9]*).([0-9]*).([0-9]*C.jpg)   /photos/$1/$2/$3 [L]

Author Comment

ID: 26355522
Thanks Arober11,

This worked:

RewriteRule /photos/[a-zA-Z0-9+-,'.)(]*_[a-zA-Z0-9+-,')(]*_[a-zA-Z0-9+-,')(]*_[a-zA-Z0-9+-,')(]*_[a-zA-Z0-9+-,']*_[a-zA-Z0-9+-,']*_[a-zA-Z0-9+-,']*_[a-zA-Z0-9]*_([0-9]*)\.([0-9]*)\.([0-9]*C\.jpg)   /photos/$1/$2/$3 [PT,L]

thanks a lot for your help.


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