This .htaccess throws me a 500 error. I've Googled/tried everything.

RewriteEngine on
RewriteRule ^([0-9]{6})$ decode.php?shorturl=$1 [L]

It's for a URL shortener. I am new to this stuff.

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What URL are you expecting from your links and users? e.g. ?

rewriting usually gets the better of me too. Have you checked the error log? Typically at:


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Why not just change decode.php to index.php?


RewriteEngine On
RewriteRule ^([0-9]{6})$ /index.php?shorturl=$1 [L]
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Did you check your logs?


This works fine for me:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteRule ^([0-9]{6})$ /product.php?shorturl=$1 [L]

Then in my product.php page:

<?php echo (isset($_GET['shorturl'])) ? 'ShortUrl: ' . $_GET['shorturl'] : 'No short url' ;?>

Which when I enter the address: (not lierally - just my testing site) gives me the output:

ShortUrl: 123456

Well, that gives me a 500 error. There's nothing special in the logs.

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OK, sorry, I can't reproduce the error. Anybody else?

Well, I solved it. I did not have the mod_rewrite module installed.

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Doh! Thanks for sharing.

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