htaccess redirect non-existent directories to index.php

Goal: have redirect to Issue: 404

I’ve meticulously followed:

Confirmed: Activate Mod_Rewrite ✓ Create new .htaccess file ✓ Allow use of .htaccess ✓ Restart Server every change ✓

My current .htaccess file:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . /

Misc. Fun Facts:

  1. I have multiple domains on the same droplet: var/www/, var/www/, etc.
  2. One other domain is using an .htaccess file in its respective folder (conflict?)
  3. I have tried keeping .htaccess file inside public_html and inside level

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#.htaccess file to redirect all non-existent paths and files to "/index.php"

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>

   RewriteEngine On

   RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f [OR]
   RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
   RewriteRule ^(.*)$ index.php [L,QSA]


I am facing same issues, and not able to get any resolution. please share, how you fixed this issue.


What I could suggest is first to make sure that your .htaccess file actually works. You could try causing a 500 error by adding some random characters on top of the file (Example: just pot asd on the first line of the .htaccess file and save it) then try accessing your site, if you get a 500 error then you would know that the .htaccess file actually works.

If this is the case, you could try modifying your redirect rule a little bit:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule ^ /index.html [L]

If the .htaccess file is not working you would need to check your Apache config again.

Hope that this helps! Bobby