How can I do a rewrite rule for both http://example.com/abc to rewrite/redirect to http://example.com/abc.html but it should work when I have the URL as http://example.com/abc/def.html. Currently when I do redirect 301 "abc" "abc.hml", the second URL is also redirecting to http://example.com/abc.html/def.html.

My current rules.

<IfModule rewrite_module>
RewriteEngine On

RewriteRule ^/$ /content/aaa-123/abc.html [PT,L]
RewriteRule ^/index.html$ /content/aaa-123/abc.html [PT,L]
RedirectMatch ^/abc$ /abc.html

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/(.*)/$
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^(.*)\.(.*)$

RewriteRule ^/(.*)$ /content/$1/ [L]

RewriteRule \.(css|jpe?g|gif|png|js)$ - [L]

ErrorDocument 404 /errors/404.html    
<IfModule mod_expires.c>
  ExpiresActive on  
ExpiresByType image/jpg "access 1 year"
ExpiresByType image/jpeg "access 1 year"
ExpiresByType image/gif "access 1 year"
ExpiresByType image/png "access 1 year"
ExpiresByType text/css "access 1 month"
ExpiresByType text/html "access 1 month"
ExpiresByType application/pdf "access 1 month"
ExpiresByType text/x-javascript "access 1 month"
ExpiresByType text/css "access plus 1 year"
ExpiresByType application/x-shockwave-flash "access 1 month"
ExpiresByType image/x-icon "access 1 year"
ExpiresDefault "access 1 month"

<IfModule mod_headers.c>
  <FilesMatch "\.(js|css|xml|gz)$">
    Header append Vary: Accept-Encoding

2 Answers 2


Currently when I do redirect 301 "abc" "abc.hml", the second URL is also redirecting to http://example.com/abc.html/def.html.

The mod_alias Redirect directive is prefix matching, which explains your undesirable redirect.

But also, don't mix redirects from both mod_alias (ie. RedirectMatch and Redirect) and mod_rewrite (ie. RewriteRule). Since they are different modules, they execute at different times (usually mod_rewrite first) regardless of the apparent order, so you can end up with confusing conflicts.

Try the following in your server config, to internally rewrite /abc to /abc.html

RewriteRule ^/abc$ /abc.html [L]

However, you will have problems if /abc is a physical directory on the file system since mod_dir will normally try to "fix" the URL by appending a slash. So, you would need to make the trailing slash optional:

RewriteRule ^/abc/?$ /abc.html [L]

Also, disable MultiViews if it is enabled already:

Options -MultiViews

MultiViews (part of mod_negotiation) does the same sort of thing (internally rewrite /abc to /abc.html or /abc.php or whatever it finds) but will execute before mod_rewrite gets a chance.

  • Since your question was tagged .htaccess, I initially answered with respect to per-directory rewrites in .htaccess. It seems these directives are directly in the server config - I've updated my answer. The RewriteRule patterns will need a slash prefix when used in the server config. In .htaccess, the directory-prefix is first removed from the URL-path that is matched, so the pattern does not start with a slash.
    – MrWhite
    Aug 25, 2016 at 19:27

This worked for me. Some one helped me in the site with this.

Options -MultiViews
RewriteEngine On

RewriteRule ^/abc/?$ /abc.html [NC,L,R=302]

RewriteRule \.(css|jpe?g|gif|png|js)$ - [L,NC]

RewriteRule ^/(index\.html)?$ /content/aaa-123/abc.html [PT,L,NC]

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/(.*)/$
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^(.*)\.(.*)$
RewriteRule ^/(.*)$ /content/$1/ [L]
  • Are you sure you want an external redirect, not an internal rewrite (as in your other directives and in my answer)? The NC flag is also unnecessary here - in fact, this could result in duplicate content issues.
    – MrWhite
    Aug 25, 2016 at 19:36
  • It to work apache with AEM dispatcher. Aug 26, 2016 at 12:45

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