I have been trying to find a solution. but I can't..

my links are all domain.com/index.php/post_name/

I really want to remove /index.php

I have searched and found some... saying I need to add these.. but it's not working ..

# BEGIN WordPress
<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteRule ^index\.php$ - [L]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . /index.php [L]

# END WordPress

I am using 3.5.2 wp.

Please let me know if you know anything about it.

  • are you using apache and is mod_rewrite enabled? this is probably a question for your particular host.
    – Milo
    Jul 9, 2013 at 6:52
  • i have no idea. i am just using a web hosting service.
    – pulla
    Jul 9, 2013 at 7:28
  • should I disable to remove "index.php"?
    – pulla
    Jul 9, 2013 at 7:29
  • @pulla You need to find out more about your web hosting service and what sort of configuration it runs on.
    – Otto
    Jul 9, 2013 at 7:58

2 Answers 2


Go to your WP-ADMIN-->Settings-->Permalink and use the permalink structure change there, if it generate any .htaccess file copy the content and update your .htaccess file.

Or Check if your hosting mod_rewrite is enable by creating a file phpinfo.php with content,

<?php phpinfo();?>

Upload this file and browse via Browser. So you know which modules are enabled. You need mod_rewrite enable to remove index.php from URL.

More details Check this link

  • Thanks for your answer. I have tried but I don't know it's not really working. it could be the hosting problem. I removed all and installed. nothing has be changed.
    – pulla
    Aug 11, 2013 at 6:10
  • 2
    Facing the same issue. Removing index.php in under wordpress permalink give error "The requested URL /wordpress/test-page/ was not found on this server." Jun 24, 2016 at 9:46

Had exactly same issue. But in my case mod_rewrite was not installed at all for apache. I just installed it with

sudo a2enmod rewrite

and then changed my Permalink Settings. Worked like a charm.

Hope it helps.

  • 1
    rewrite module is already enabled in my case
    – vladkras
    Sep 14, 2021 at 13:57
  • for me, rewrite module already enabled, but Permalink Settings not generate .htaccess (already parent and current folder have 777 permission)
    – Mahefa
    Nov 12, 2021 at 10:17

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