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Remove public folder from URL with htaccess

Damian
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Damian Published in 2017-11-09 18:36:50Z

Is it possible to 'remove' a folder from the URL so if somebody types http://www.example.com/dummy/public/index into their browser address bar, I can strip the 'public' folder, so the URL reads http://www.example.com/dummy/index

I essentially want to hide the 'public' folder so it never appears in the URL.

I have this htaccess at the root of my site which is www.example.com/dummy/

RewriteEngine on
RewriteRule ^(.*) public/$1 [L]

This is the htaccess inside my public folder which is located at www.example.com/dummy/public/

Options -MultiViews

# Activates URL rewriting (like myproject.com/controller/action/1/2/3)
RewriteEngine On

# Prevent people from looking directly into folders
Options -Indexes

# If the following conditions are true, then rewrite the URL:
# If the requested filename is not a directory,
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
# and if the requested filename is not a regular file that exists,
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
# and if the requested filename is not a symbolic link,
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-l
# then rewrite the URL in the following way:
# Take the whole request filename and provide it as the value of a
# "url" query parameter to index.php. Append any query string from
# the original URL as further query parameters (QSA), and stop
# processing this .htaccess file (L).
RewriteRule ^(.+)$ index.php?url=$1 [QSA,L]

I tried changing the last RewriteRule to RewriteRule ^(.+)public/(.*)$ index.php?url=$1$2 [QSA,L] but when I type www.example.com/dummy/public/index the page loads but the browser address bar still shows 'public' in the path.

Is it possible to do what I'm attempting?

I've seen a few SO answers that claim to accomplish this such as .htaccess: remove public from URL and URL-rewriting with index in a "public" folder, but none of them work for me.

Lag
2#
Lag Reply to 2017-11-09 18:51:32Z

Fear not! For the answer is yes. Use the following rule in your .htaccess to remove the /public/ folder from your URLs:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteRule ^(.*)/public /$1 [R=301,L]

This will leave you with the desired URL of http://www.example.com/dummy/index and it achieves this using a 301 permanent redirection. For testing purposes I suggest you change this to 302 as this will make it temporary, once happy, change it back.

Make sure you clear your cache before testing this.

anubhava
3#
anubhava Reply to 2017-11-10 06:13:44Z

If you want to remove public/ from your URLs then rule should be placed inside /public/.htaccess since all the requests with URI starting with /dummy/public/ will be managed by rules inside /public/.htaccess.

Change your /public/.htaccess with this:

# Prevent people from looking directly into folders
Options -Indexes -MultiViews

# Activates URL rewriting (like myproject.com/controller/action/1/2/3)
RewriteEngine On

# remove public/ from URLs using a redirect rule
RewriteCond %{THE_REQUEST} \s/+(.+/)?public/(\S*) [NC]
RewriteRule ^ /%1%2? [R=301,L,NE]

# If the following conditions are true, then rewrite the URL:
# If the requested filename is not a directory,
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
# and if the requested filename is not a regular file that exists,
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
# and if the requested filename is not a symbolic link,
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-l
# then rewrite the URL in the following way:
# Take the whole request filename and provide it as the value of a
# "url" query parameter to index.php. Append any query string from
# the original URL as further query parameters (QSA), and stop
# processing this .htaccess file (L).
RewriteRule ^(.+)$ index.php?url=$1 [QSA,L]
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