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XF 1.4 Friendly URL not working?

I can't seem to get the friendly URL to work. Once I enable it the index.php is no longer added to the home page URL but I get an error 404 page when I click on anything else.

Jake Bunce

XenForo moderator
Staff member
It's very likely .htaccess as Slavik suggested, but here is a list of all usual suspects:

1) The .htaccess file is not in place in your forum directory.

2) Sometimes you need to specify RewriteBase in your .htaccess file (specify the name of your forum directory):

RewriteBase /xenforo

3) Your server doesn't have mod_rewrite installed. Consult with your host about this.

4) Your server doesn't have AllowOverride enabled:


Consult with your host about this.
The .htaccess is there, I've tried uncommenting it and changing the location to '/', '/var/forums', and '/forums' but without any success. I just installed mod_rewrite on the server before this, so it's not a lack of that.


XenForo developer
Staff member
If you're mentioning installing mod_rewrite, it's likely the AllowOverride issue. It's off by default.
I tried enabling it (I'm running Debian, and I've been told I need to edit the file located at /etc/apache2/sites-available/default. Here's the a snippet I grabbed of my quick edit that should have allowed it

It appears to work on the home page, but as soon as I click on any forum links this pops up

Quick edit: I've also tried to find the error log file, which I've used before, but I can't remember where it is.
Got it to work! Not sure really what was the problem. All I did was change the RewriteBase (which was already at '/') to '/var/forums' and then back again. Maybe it just took a while for the AllowOverride to update?