I am running XAMPP 1.8.3 + bitnami installation of Magento on Windows 7. I would like to get rid of index.php in the URLs I see. Here is the rest of my setup:

1) I have entered a dummy host name for my local testing environment in C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts so that it contains the following line and restarted Apache:   localhost   myhost.com

2) I have secured my XAMPP installation by following the setup found at http://myhost.com/security/index.php

3) I have had a look at C:\xampp\apache\conf\httpd.conf and the line that loads the Apache Rewrite module is already uncommented and the htdocs directory under C:\xampp already has .htaccess files enabled as follows (comments deleted):

LoadModule rewrite_module modules/mod_rewrite.so

<Directory "C:/xampp/htdocs">
  Options Indexes FollowSymLinks Includes ExecCGI
  AllowOverride All
  Require all granted </Directory>
  1. I have enabled Rewrites in the Admin panel

Magento Admin Panel -> System -> Configuration -> Default Config -> GENERAL -> Web -> Search Engine Optimization -> Use Web Server Rewrites -> Yes

  1. The various XAMPP .htaccess files for my Magento installation using bitnami now point to the following file:


which contains the following Apache directives:

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
  RewriteEngine on
  RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
  RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
  RewriteRule .* index.php [L]

which are the ones advertised on other posts on Stack Overflow.

However when from my main page I click on a category I get a 404

because for instance the page http://myhost.com/magento/mycategory.html

is not found (although http://myhost.com/magento/index.php/mycategory.html is found).

What am I missing from my configuration to get mod_rewrite to work as wanted?


2 Answers 2


I've found the answer to my problem.

When I installed Magento via BitNami I specified a base directory of "magento" meaning my magento files were installed to C:\xampp\magento. Because of this, to get rewrites working as needed and get rid of index.php, I was missing the last step which is, inside of C:\xampp\apps\magento\conf\htaccess.conf I still had to uncomment the following line, inside the

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>


#RewriteBase /magento/


RewriteBase /magento/

This was all that was left. I uncommented the line and restarted Apache and my URLs such as http://myhost.com/magento/mycategory.html began to work.


  • OK, I've just done that. Commented Mar 16, 2015 at 21:59

Thanks, this way, i troubleshoot problem:

1. Go to the directory of installation C:\xampp\apache\conf

2. Open and edit httpd.conf in a text editor

3. Find the line which contains

*\# LoadModule rewrite_module modules/mod_rewrite.so*

and (uncomment) change to

*LoadModule rewrite_module modules/mod_rewrite.so*

4. Find all occurrences of

*AllowOverride None*

and change to

*AllowOverride All*

I think it appears 2 or 3 times on the configuration file.

5. Restart xampp

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