Linux & PHP & Ubuntu

Remove index.php from NextCloud urls

By default NextCloud has index.php in the urls, it’s not a show stopper at all but it’s good to have nice clean urls when sharing.

Tested on NextCloud 11 Ubuntu 16.04.1 server.

Login to your server and check 1st if rewrite module is enabled.

apachectl -M

If not, enable it with env module by below command:

a2enmod rewrite
a2enmod mod_env

I assume you have installed nextcloud in /var/www/nextcloud. Just to make sure the .htaccess file has correct owner and group.

chown www-data:www-data /var/www/nextcloud/.htaccess

Now we will add one line of code to config.php:

vim /var/www/nextcloud/config/config.php

Add the following line to $CONFIG array:

'htaccess.RewriteBase' => '/',

Now let’s update the htaccess file by occ:

cd /var/www/html
sudo -u www-data php occ maintenance:update:htaccess

By running the above command it will add rewrite code to htaccess file.

Restart apache(necessary if rewrite was not enabled before):

systemctl restart apache2

That’s pretty much it.

M M Arif

Founder of www.therandombits.com and anl4u.com. Husband. Father. Senior Software Engineer. Linux enthusiast, using multiple Linux operating systems for personal use and work. A self taught programmer who love to code and share. Fan of open source and community projects.

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