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Prevent a Directory Listing with .htaccess

If you create a new directory (or folder) on your website, and do not put an “index.html” file in it, you may be surprised to find that your visitors can get a directory listing of all the files in that folder. For example, if you create a folder called “test“, you can see everything in that directory simply by typing “http://www.example.com/test/” in your browser. No password or anything is needed.

But you can configure your web server so that it does not show a directory listing by default.

Prerequisites

  • Your Website Must Be on an Apache Web Server
  • Your Web Host Must Have Enabled .htaccess Server Overrides

Disable Indexing

Add the following line to your .htaccess file.

Options -Indexes

Make sure you hit the ENTER key (or RETURN key if you use a Mac) after entering the “Options -Indexes” words so that the file ends with a blank line.

 

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