How to remove index.php from URLs in a Joomla! installation

  • Posted June 17, 2014


I have deployed an Ubuntu 14.04 LAMP droplet. I installed Joomla! to build my static pages website on it. Installed Joomla! and it started working fine (as expected).

Now, to further improve the aesthetics of the site, I decided to remove “index.php” from URLs. For example, while visiting a normal SEF URL like http://www/, I wanted my visitor to click on the “Tour” menu link, and it should be directed to

I have been trying to find a solution to the subject issue since 3-4 days but no success. I tried searching Google & your blogs, but all they answer is changing htaccess.txt to .htaccess and then enabling the URL Rewriting in Global Config. But that throw 404 ‘Page Not Found’ error.

I know I’m missing some petty tweek but for a mechanical engineer, it is a little hard to understand the sophiticated programming codes :)

What am I missing? Can someone please help?


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Thanks @alexandre for your link to mod_rewrite article. I was missing the edit in my “/etc/apache2/sites-available/000-default.conf”

Now it works stupendously at

Thanks for @jhoedram for your contribution.

Well this confirms that for all my queries I can start directly from in place of reading those haunting pages on Google :p

Is <code>mod_rewrite</code> active? Run <code>phpinfo()</code> and check it out! In <a href=“”>this article</a> you can find how to enable rewrite module in your server.

I have worked with joomla for a long time to remove the “index.php”, you must activate. htaccess located in the root of your website (principal), possibly as htaccess.txt have, for this case only rename the name. htaccess

I hope I could help