What configuration is required to make Apache serve all files as text files in the browser window? For example if I have a file program.c, how can I make Apache serve it as plain text in the browser window rather than as a download?

I'm using Apache 1.3.


You can use this to force the data type of all files, e.g. for a specific location:

<Location "/programfiles">
    ForceType text/plain

So, no matter what's in there, even .php files, they're treated as plain text and shown to the browser instead of being download or even executed on the server side.

For more info see the mod_mime reference page for ForceType.

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  • +1 Good call. I added a link to the Apache reference for this. – squillman Nov 7 '09 at 15:58

You want ALL files to go over as plain text?? Or do you have a subset of filetypes you want to send as plain text? Not sure if there's a way to set everything to go over as plain text.

For certain file types you would just add directives to your Mime.types file or local .htaccess file

AddType text/plain .c
AddType text/plain .h


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  • Thanks, that wasn't exactly what I was looking for but it will be useful for reference. – delete Nov 7 '09 at 15:53
  • This solved it for me but, in my case, I had to also add the following "AddDefaultCharset UTF-8" – Jason Mar 11 at 11:55

Create .htaccess in target directory (applies to it's subfolders too):

<Files "\.(html|c|php)$">
    ForceType text/plain

To apply to all extensions, use asterisk *:

<Files "*">
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