How to enable mod_rewrite in apache2 (debian/ubuntu)

First install the Apache with this command:

apt-get install apache2

Now use locate to find if the mod_rewrite.so is available on your server:

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locate mod_rewrite.so

It will found in “/usr/lib/apache2/modules”

New Apache follow some folders to enable and disable mods so now do this:

cd /etc/apache2/mods-enabled

touch rewrite.load

vim rewrite.load (you may use any editor to edit this file)

Now paste this following line:

LoadModule rewrite_module /usr/lib/apache2/modules/mod_rewrite.so

Then edit:

/etc/apache2/sites-available/default

Find the following:

Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews
AllowOverride None
Order allow,deny
allow from all

and change it to

Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews
AllowOverride all
Order allow,deny
allow from all

and finally restart Apache:

/etc/init.d/apache2 restart