Cannot enable mod_rewrite on centos7

  • Posted December 24, 2015
  • Apache

I just fired up a CentOS7 Droplet. Then installed LAMP stack by following these instructions:

I see the “Testing 1,2,3…” page when I visit my server’s IP address, so I assume everything to be working fine. However, when I try to enable mod_rewrite, I see the following error:

[user@server conf]$ sudo a2enmod rewrite [sudo] password for user: sudo: a2enmod: command not found

What am I doing wrong? After much searching I found this Apache help document but it’s just way over the top for me to understand:

Any help offered would be greatly appreciated.


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Hey there,

a2enmod is a Debian/Ubuntu command. You’ll need to edit the Apache config file for a CentOS LAMP server.

What you’d want to do is edit the /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf file and make sure that the AllowOverride flag for the <Directory "/var/www/html"> block is changed from None to All.

Basically it should be something like this: (Note: there are many comment lines in the default httpd.conf file)

<Directory "/var/www/html">
Options .....
AllowOverride All

Happy coding,

Jon Schwenn Platform Support Specialist DigitalOcean