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I want that when people access my web server with the ip address, like, be redirected to the domain name, like http://example.com. I'm using Apache Web Server and I've tried:

    Redirect / http://example.com

which generated an infinite recursion because it has higher priority than

<VirtualHost *:80>
    ServerName example.com

which is the virtual host I ultimately want to serve.

I've also tried

    Redirect / http://example.com

thinking that maybe it'll only match but not http://example.com. But it also generate an infinite loop. Any ideas how to achieve that?

The reason why the IP virtual host is not the main and only virtual host is because I want other IPs on the server to also be able to server example.com.

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What about your NameVirtualHost setting ? –  radius Jul 22 '09 at 5:23

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HD answered gave a good rewrite rule, but you should put a condition before that. Make sure that there is only one virtual host running on and have your definition look like the following:

    ServerName servername.com

    RewriteCond %{SERVER_NAME}
    RewriteRule /(.*) http://servername.com/$1 [R=301,L]


This way, you only need one virtual host for that IP address instead of what you were trying to do above. NOTE: If you're going to have more than one virtual host on this server, you need to put the rest on different IP(s)

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Shouldn't the rewrite condition try to match the virtual host ip, like instead of Why would other virtual hosts need to run in different IPs? Won't they match by name instead of IP? –  J. Pablo Fernández Aug 5 '10 at 8:30
In my case it was also neccessary to add RewriteEngine On before the RewriteCond line. –  lanoxx May 8 '12 at 20:36

I try the same configuration and it works fine. Are you sure there is no other definition that conflicts with your virtual hosts? What is the error in the apache logs?

This rule also works:

RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://example.com/$1 [R=301,NC]
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