Routing requests to index.php with Apache

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By Andrew McCombe
March 25, 2013

Here's how to go about routing requests to index.php with Apache. I'm always having to search for this online so I thought I'd document it here. Many of the 'modern' PHP applications use index.php as a router, including WordPress, Drupal, Zend Framework, Silex etc.

Using Mod_Rewrite

If you are using Apache pre-2.4 then your only option is to use mod_rewrite to route requests to index.php:

RewriteRule ^index\.php$ - [F]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteRule . /index.php [L,QSA]

Using the FallbackResource Directive

From Apache 2.4 onwards you can use the new FallbackResource Directive:

FallbackResource /index.php

Documentation for this is available at