Redirect IP to domain name

My question is how can I redirect a user to a domain if he uses an IP instead of the domain.

The website I’m asking about is on a LAMP server. I don’t know if it matters, but it uses a virtual host.

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October 11, 2019
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Hi @Dantcho,

You can achieve this with a rewrite in an htaccess file in your website’s directory.

You will want to create an .htaccess file in that directory with the following (replacing the IP and domain with your own):

RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^12\.34\.56\.789$
RewriteRule ^(.*)$$1 [L,R=301]

Kind regards, Kalin

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April 26, 2023

Hello all,

Another way to go about the problem is to add the rule in your Apache configuration.

Create a new Virtual Host configuration file: Create a new configuration file for the server IP address in the /etc/apache2/sites-available directory:

  1. sudo nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/ip-redirect.conf

Configure the Virtual Host: Add the following configuration to the newly created file, replacing and your_server_ip with your domain and server IP address, respectively:

<VirtualHost *:80>
    ServerName your_server_ip

    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteRule ^(.*)$$1 [R=301,L]

This configuration sets up a Virtual Host for your server IP address and enables the mod_rewrite module to redirect all requests made to the server IP to your domain.

Enable the Virtual Host: Enable the new Virtual Host configuration and restart Apache:

  1. sudo a2ensite ip-redirect.conf
  2. sudo systemctl restart apache2

Check your existing Virtual Hosts: Make sure there are no conflicting Virtual Host configurations that could be causing issues. The default Virtual Host configuration in Apache is usually named 000-default.conf. If this file is enabled, disable it with the following command and restart Apache:

  1. sudo a2dissite 000-default.conf
  2. sudo systemctl restart apache2

After completing these steps, all requests made to your server IP should be redirected to your domain name.

Good Morning,

I am having a similar problem, I need to direct my server by IP/phpmyadmin, as in the example:

https://myip/phpmyadmin dedirect to

RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^XXX.XX.XXX.XXX$ (my ip) RewriteRule ^(.*)$$1 [L,R=301]

I was only able to with the above rules direct my IP to mysite.

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