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HTRouter a PHP 5.4 Internal Webserver .htaccess parser and interpreter.
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Merge pull request #9 from HeadshakerPl/master

Various fixes added to joeynovak fork
latest commit 21a684ee84
@jaytaph authored

Run CakePHP Apps from the PHP 5.4 built in webserver.

WARNING: This project is not actively maintained. I'm happy to merge PR request but I'm not able to fix any current issue myself

tl;dr: Use your plain .htaccess files on the PHP v5.4 built-in web server.


This is a modified version of jaytaph's HTRouter. It is still very rudimentary. But has been altered to work with CakePHP Apps, on Windows.

It may allow other apps to function as well.

Work in progress

This stuff is work in progress. Although though some .htaccess functionality is already possible there is still a lot of work that needs to be done to implement it so it can run out of the box! This project mimics a lot of functionality of the Apache2 (2.2) web-server.

We still need to do a lot of stuff on the mod_rewrite, and we must update the unit-tests and documentation!


The software can be run without making a PHAR file like so:

  • Set working directory to webroot for cakephp app.
  • php.exe -S -t (path to webroot) HTRouter\phar\stub.php

The software is frequently packaged as a PHAR file. This means the whole setup can be run by the following:

The software is packaged as a PHAR file, which can be build by:

  1. Check in your php.ini that phar.readonly = Off
  2. Build the phar:

    $ git clone
    $ php HTRouter/phar/buildphar.php
  3. You may now revert phar.readonly in your php.ini


  • $ php -S -t /var/www htrouter.phar


Don't use this instead of apache... Even for development... I am using this solely to provide a compact webserver for an app that runs behind a firewall and pushes data from a client/server application to a web-server for further processing.

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