There's a few similar questions which I tried to work out the answer from, but so far I have been unsuccessful. Please advise how I can always redirect http to https (and also remove www. from the hostname in the process). Also a side note, it would be nice to do this inside the main Apache conf rather than .htaccess - but I imagine this will not apply to most people.


I've added this snippet to a VirtualHost section:

RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www\.(.*)
RewriteRule ^.*$ https://%1/$1 [R=301,L]

... but it has no effect when I access http://www.domain (it should redirect to https://domain)

Update 2:

It had no effect because I did not use RewriteEngine on - so it works now:

RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www\.(.*)
RewriteRule ^.*$ https://%1/$1 [R=301,L]
  • What's wrong with all the other answers? How have you been unsuccessful? Also, there's pretty much no difference between doing this in .htaccess and your main Apache config file.
    – Christopher
    Feb 24, 2010 at 12:02
  • When using in the main conf file: Invalid command 'RewriteEngine', perhaps misspelled or defined by a module not included in the server configuration Feb 24, 2010 at 12:04
  • What does your server configuration look like?
    – Gumbo
    Feb 24, 2010 at 12:06
  • Snippet from a VirtualHost section: pastebin.com/Zp5Qc6FA Feb 24, 2010 at 12:08
  • You might want to update your question with the details you've put in your comment about the error you're getting. Feb 24, 2010 at 12:13

5 Answers 5


I wouldn't use mod_rewrite, you can achieve it simply with mod_alias:

Redirect permanent / https://other-site

Where 'other-site' is the hostname you want to redirect to, ommitting the www. prefix that you do not want.

  • Ok, this worked, but only for the VirtualHost *:80, so in *:443 I will try to use a snippet similar to my answer. Feb 24, 2010 at 12:45

There are so many solutions:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTPS} !^on$
RewriteRule (.*) https://yourdomain/$1 [R,L]
  • 1
    I like this answer the best, because it's very concise on https. To extend it to work with any domain... RewriteCond %{HTTPS} !^on$ RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^(.*)$ [NC] RewriteRule ^.*$ https://%1%{REQUEST_URI} [L,R=301] Jul 17, 2016 at 13:18

If you're using a load balancer you'll need to use a different conditional. This works for AWS ELB:

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteCond %{HTTP:X-Forwarded-Proto} !https
    RewriteRule (.*) https://yourdomain.com/$1 [R=301,L]
  • I can confirm that this also works on the load balancer for WPEngine.com
    – sameers
    Oct 30, 2014 at 16:49

two solutions . add either of them to your .htaccess

RewriteEngine on
RewriteCondition %{SERVER_PORT} !^443$
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ https://www.example.com/$1 [R=301,L] 

RewriteEngine On 
RewriteCond %{SERVER_PORT} 80 
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ https://www.example.com/$1 [R=301,L]

From your comments, it sounds like you're not including mod_rewrite:

LoadModule rewrite_module modules/mod_rewrite.so
  • Ah, yep, you're right. Ok, now on to the question... Feb 24, 2010 at 12:15

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