I realise similar questions have been posed before, but I have an additional caveat when I ask the following question.

How can Magento URLs be rewritten such that:




...without accessing the Admin menu or installing additional modules, and purely by editing the .htaccess file? Is there a way?

(If the .html can be stripped off the end as well, that would be terrific!)

Thank you for your time. :)

  • This seems a silly amount of effort. Email the admin if you dont have access and change the single setting designed for this.
    – ladle3000
    Feb 11 '15 at 14:21
  • I appreciate your feedback. Can I just double check that setting definitely affects category pages and not only product pages? Obviously without access at present I cannot try it to find out! :) Feb 12 '15 at 7:39
  • Maybe you are right, I'm not finding that either for categores, though answer below claims differently. This option is available with seo extensions.
    – ladle3000
    Feb 12 '15 at 12:12

To remove category paths from product url set "Use Categories Path for Product URLs" to "No" under System -> Configuration -> Catalog -> Search Engine Optimizations.

To remove parent category path from child category url
Rewrite class Mage_Catalog_Model_Url
override method public function getCategoryRequestPath($category, $parentPath) like below

public function getCategoryRequestPath($category, $parentPath)
        $storeId = $category->getStoreId();
        $idPath  = $this->generatePath('id', null, $category);
        $suffix  = $this->getCategoryUrlSuffix($storeId);

        if (isset($this->_rewrites[$idPath])) {
            $this->_rewrite = $this->_rewrites[$idPath];
            $existingRequestPath = $this->_rewrites[$idPath]->getRequestPath();

        if ($category->getUrlKey() == '') {
            $urlKey = $this->getCategoryModel()->formatUrlKey($category->getName());
        else {
            $urlKey = $this->getCategoryModel()->formatUrlKey($category->getUrlKey());

        $categoryUrlSuffix = $this->getCategoryUrlSuffix($category->getStoreId());
        // Code commented to remove parent category path from child category path
        //if (null === $parentPath) {
            //$parentPath = $this->getResource()->getCategoryParentPath($category);
        //elseif ($parentPath == '/') {
            $parentPath = '';
        $parentPath = Mage::helper('catalog/category')->getCategoryUrlPath($parentPath,
                                                                           true, $category->getStoreId());

        $requestPath = $parentPath . $urlKey . $categoryUrlSuffix;
        if (isset($existingRequestPath) && $existingRequestPath == $requestPath . $suffix) {
            return $existingRequestPath;

        if ($this->_deleteOldTargetPath($requestPath, $idPath, $storeId)) {
            return $requestPath;

        return $this->getUnusedPath($category->getStoreId(), $requestPath,
                                    $this->generatePath('id', null, $category)

Modified below code

if (null === $parentPath) {
            $parentPath = $this->getResource()->getCategoryParentPath($category);
        elseif ($parentPath == '/') {
            $parentPath = '';


//if (null === $parentPath) {
            //$parentPath = $this->getResource()->getCategoryParentPath($category);
        //elseif ($parentPath == '/') {
            $parentPath = '';

It is hard to do it via htacces you only need to change few settings at the backend:

  1. Go to the Magento Admin Panel -> System -> Configuration -> Catalog -> Seo Options

  2. Select yes or no from "Use Parent Category Path for Category URLs"

  3. Refresh category url index

Option YES => http://www.example.com/category/subcategory.html

Option NO => http://www.example.com/subcategory.html


Go to app/code/core/Mage/Catalog/Model/Url.php and copy this file to app/code/local/Mage/Catalog/Model/Url.php

Edit the copied file and around line number 726, you can find below code:

$requestPath = $parentPath . $urlKey . $categoryUrlSuffix;

change it to below code:

$requestPath = $urlKey . $categoryUrlSuffix;

Then update it.

Flush Magento cache and it should work.


Try this in your .htaccess

#moving to new url structure
Redirect 301 http://domain.com/parent-category/subcategory.html http://domain.com/category.html

But It's Not a good practice every time you create a menu and then rewrite here. Then to much of 301 redirection is not good for SEO Also.

If you want you can try. But before you take Backup

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