HOW TO : Redirect web traffic based on URL patterns in Apache

Apache configuration to redirect traffic to a particular URL based on the pattern in the URL (AKA URI). In this particular example, I want to redirect any traffic that does not have the URL starting with /application or /content to redirect to https://domain_name/application

  • Enable the rewrite module in Apache
  • Add the following conditions in the conf file[code]RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/(application|content) [NC]
    RewriteRule ^/(.*) https://%{HTTP_HOST}/application [R,L]
    [/code]

Explanation of the rule

  • ! implies match if the string is not found
  • ^ implies start of string
  • | implies OR
  • [NC] implies not case sensitive (no case)
  • The rule will be triggered if the conditions match
  • [R,L] means external (client side) redirection and last rule to process

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