Apache HTTP server boilerplate configs
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Apache Server Configs

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Apache Server Configs is a collection of boilerplate configurations that can help your server improve the web site's performance and security, while also ensuring that resources are served with the correct content-type and are accessible, if needed, even cross-domain.

Getting Started

There are a few options for getting the Apache server configs:

  • Download the zip archive
  • Install them via npm: npm install --save-dev apache-server-configs

Inside the dist/ folder, you'll find a ready-to-use .htaccess file.


If you have access to the main server configuration file (usually called httpd.conf), you should add the logic from the pre-built dist/.htaccess file in, for example, a <Directory> section in the main configuration file. This is usually the recommended way, as using .htaccess files slows down Apache!

If you don't have access, which is quite common with hosting services, just copy the .htaccess file in the root of the website.

Also note that some configurations won't have any effect if the appropriate modules aren't enabled. So, in order for everything to work as intended, you need to ensure the you have the following Apache modules enabled:

For more detailed information on configuration files and how to use them, please check the appropriate Apache documentation:

Enable Apache httpd modules


These instructions should work on any distribution where apt-get has been used to install Apache.

  1. Open up a terminal and type the following command. Enter your password when prompted.

    sudo a2enmod setenvif headers deflate filter expires rewrite include

  2. Restart apache by using the following command so the new configuration takes effect.

    sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart


  • MAMP PRO. On the main screen, click the Apache tab and ensure that all the required modules are 'checked', indicating they are enabled.

  • WampServer. If you have installed WampServer just click on the icon in the task bar then Apache section then modules section. You will be presented with a list of modules. Simply click on a module name to enable it. WampServer will automatically restart the Apache service after you enable a module.

  • Others. Locate the httpd.conf file, which is typically found in:

    • MAMP: /Applications/MAMP/conf/apache/httpd.conf
    • XAMPP: /Applications/XAMPP/etc/httpd.conf
    • WAMP: C:\apache\conf\httpd.conf

    Open the file in a text editor and uncomment all of the required modules. Once you have done so, reset MAMP/WAMP/XAMPP.

Custom .htaccess builds

Security, mime-type, and caching best practices evolve, and so should do your .htaccess file. In the past, with each new Apache Server Configs release it was quite tedious to find out which .htaccess trick was just new or only had changes in certain nuances.

The build script with its re-usable and customizable build configuration lets you easily update your .htaccess file. Each new .htaccess build will contain the updated Apache Server Configs source files, enabled or commented-out according to your settings in the htaccess.conf of your project root.

Configuration file: htaccess.conf

Allows you to define which module to enable or disable for your project. Just copy the default htaccess.conf from this repo into your project directory. Adjust to your needs, and/or add custom code snippets you need for your project. Its syntax is straight and pretty much self-explanatory:

# Example Module

title   "example module"
enable  "src/example-module/images.conf"
enable  "src/example-module/web_fonts.conf"
disable "src/example-module/not-needed.conf"
omit    "src/example-module/not-needed-at-all.conf"

... more modules ...

Disabling modules

For example, the “Cross-origin web fonts” snippet is always included in our pre-built .htaccess file and enabled. If your project does not deal with web fonts, you can disable or omit this section:

This will comment out the section:

disable  "src/cross-origin/web_fonts.conf"

…and this will exclude the section, saving lines in output:

omit  "src/cross-origin/web_fonts.conf"

Enabling modules

For example, the “Forcing https://” snippet is disabled by default, although being included in our pre-built .htaccess. To enable this snippet, change the disable keyword to enable:

enable "src/rewrites/rewrite_http_to_https.conf"

Adding custom modules

Imagine you're passing all requests to non-existing files to your favourite web framework. The according mod_rewrite snippet would go like this:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule ^ index.php [QSA,L]

Store this snippet in a file, e.g. config/framework_rewrites.conf, and add a reference in your htaccess.conf:

enable "config/framework_rewrites.conf"

Build script: build.sh

Dive into your project root and call the build script from wherever you cloned the repo. Here are three examples:

1. Create a default .htaccess
in current work directory. An existing htaccess.conf in this directory will be used; if none is present, the default configuration will apply.

$ path/to/server-configs-apache/bin/build.sh

# Output looks like:
[✔] Build .htaccess
[✔] Moved in place: './.htaccess'

2. Custom output location
Just add output path and filename as parameter. By the way, if there's an existing .htaccess file, the build script will create a backup.

$ path/to/server-configs-apache/bin/build.sh htdocs/.htaccess
[✔] Build .htaccess
[✔] Create backup: 'htdocs/.htaccess~'
[✔] Moved in place: 'htdocs/.htaccess'

3. Custom .htaccess configuration
Why not maintain your personal ~/htaccess.conf? This example creates a .htaccess in current work directory, according to your favourite settings you may have stored in your $HOME directory:

$ path/to/server-configs-apache/bin/build.sh ./.htaccess ~/htaccess.conf


  • Apache v2.4.0+

  • Browsers:

    • Chrome
    • Firefox 4+
    • Internet Explorer 8+
    • Opera 12+
    • Safari 5+


Anyone and everyone is welcome to contribute, but before you do, please take a moment to review the guidelines.


Apache Server Configs is only possible thanks to all the awesome contributors!


The code is available under the MIT license.