View Full Version : Mod_rewrite Help

12-28-2010, 09:33 PM
Hi guys,

So I have a script profile.php which pulls all the data about a user and prints it into a pretty template. Links to the profile area as follows: profile.php?userid=XXXX where userid is their userid in a mysql table.

What would the rewrite code be, so that instead of profile.php?userid=xxxx, the link is just as follows:


Any help is greatly appreciated, thanks!

12-28-2010, 09:41 PM
What have you tried so far? Can you paste some of your code so members of the forum can help you debug where you are going wrong?

12-28-2010, 10:10 PM
Hey 120, thanks for the response. I would if I have any code, but trouble is, all the reading I've done on Apache mod_rewrite is very obfuscating and I just cant get my head around it! I don't understand all the operators and the likes.

12-28-2010, 10:42 PM
Here's a detailed mod_rewrite explanation I posted a while ago for another user, hopefully it helps you!

Well it does both. See what happens is this:

The Server (aka Apache) doesn't understand http://mydomain.com/page/about-us/27. To that it will understand it as folders and sub-directories.

So, in order for Apache to understand it, the mod_rewrite transforms that into the long string listed above according to your re-write rules.

So essentially what you're doing is all the links the user sees are the nice, clean ones. The only time the long index.php?p=about...etc. links appear are internally to apache - never seen by the user.

To achieve this, you use mod_rewrite. For example lets say I've got this architecture:


I don't want the user to see that mess, so I use mod_rewrite.

I want users to type it in this format: http://mydomain.com/page/<page-name>/<article-number>. So lets tell apache that's what we want:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /

RewriteRule ^page/(.*)/(.*)$ index.php?p=$1&articleNumber=$2
(.*) - This is REGEX (http://www.zytrax.com/tech/web/regex.htm) essentially meaning that it accepts any character into that spot within the link
$ - In the inital statement this signals the end of the REGEX expression
$1... $2... $n - This signals the regex expression you are relating to. So the first instance of (.*) is $1, the second instance is $2, and so on.

That's a quick run-over of it for you. If you are interested in learning it, I highlighy recommend you check out this tutorial (http://www.easymodrewrite.com/). I used that one to start teaching myself mod_rewrite and it is very helpful.

12-29-2010, 12:08 AM
Wow, thank you! This is exactly what I needed, thank you.