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I'm making a website for a client, and I want to make a password protected directory. The problem is my account type only allows FTP, so is there any way to create the .htaccess and .htpasswd files locally on my computer so I can upload them via FTP?


I made the files on the site @radius mentioned, and I uploaded and renamed them, but now I'm getting the following message:

"The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request"

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.htaccess and .htpasswd files are just text file so you can create them locally then upload them
To create a file starting with '.' on windows see
To create encrypted password for .htpasswd files you can use

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+1, or create a htaccess.txt and htpasswd.txt files, upload them, then rename them on the ftp server. – Chris S Jun 20 '10 at 14:56
The website made the files alright, but when I uploaded them and went to a page in the directory, I got "The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request" – cstack Jun 27 '10 at 15:23
What is the content of your .htaccess file ? – radius Jun 27 '10 at 15:30
Okay, the tool you linked to works fine. I just entered the wrong thing into ".htpasswd File Location" ("/path/to" instead of "/path/to/.htpasswd") Thanks for the help. – cstack Jun 27 '10 at 19:07

You can also download the Apache 2.2 binaries and use htpasswd.exe or htdigest.exe to generate the .htpasswd or .htdigest files on windows.

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You can always use notepad to create .htaccess and .htpasswd, save them under "ALL FILES". You may not see it under Windows Explorer since Windows see no name but a long extension, but most FTP clients should have no problem showing the files to you and will allow you to upload accordingly.

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