Htaccess File Editor – Safely Edit Htaccess File

Description

WP Htaccess Editor provides a simple, safe & fast way to edit, fix & test the site’s htaccess file from WP admin. Before saving, htaccess file can be tested for syntax errors. It also automatically creates a htaccess backup every time you make a change to the htaccess file. Htaccess backups can be restored directly from the plugin, or via FTP if the errors in htaccess file prevents WP from running normally. Great for fixing htaccess errors. For all questions, including support please use the official forum.

Access WP Htaccess Editor via WP Admin – Settings menu.

Testing Htaccess Syntax

Use the “test before saving” button to test htaccess file syntax before saving. Please note that this test does not check the logic of your htaccess file, ie if the redirects work as intended. It only checks for syntax errors. If you need to fix htaccess file we suggest restoring it to the default version and then add custom code line by line.

Automatic Htaccess Backups

Htaccess Editor makes automatic backups of htaccess file every time you make a change to it. Backups are located in /wp-content/htaccess-editor-backups/ and timestamped so you can easily find the latest htaccess backup and restore it.

WordPress Network (WPMU) Support

WP Htaccess Editor is fully compatible and tested with WP Network (WPMU). It shows up under the Settings menu in network admin. It’s not available in individual sites as there is only one htaccess file per network.

The plugin was originally developed by Lukenzi in March of 2011.

Screenshots

  • WP Htaccess Editor admin page
  • Actions have to be double-confirmed to prevent accidents

Installation

Follow the usual routine;

  1. Open WordPress admin, go to Plugins, click Add New
  2. Enter “htaccess editor” in search and hit Enter
  3. Plugin will show up as the first on the list, click “Install Now”
  4. Activate & open plugin’s settings page located under the Settings menu

Or if needed, upload manually;

  1. Download the latest stable version from from downloads.wordpress.org/plugin/wp-htaccess-editor.latest-stable.zip
  2. Unzip it and upload to /wp-content/plugins/
  3. Open WordPress admin – Plugins and click “Activate” next to “WP Htaccess Editor”
  4. Open plugin’s admin page located under the Settings menu

FAQ

I’ve killed my site! Help!?

Nothing is lost or deleted. You can easily get your site back.
You’re probably getting an error 500 or a white screen (of death). First connect to your site via FTP and locate the .htaccess file. Delete it, or rename it. Try the site again – it should open. If it did locate the backup of the old, working .htaccess file in /wp-content/htaccess-editor-backups/ copy the file to your site’s root folder and you’re back in business.

I get an error saying the .htaccess file can’t be edited or created

Sorry, we can’t change the file access privileges set by your server. You’ll have to edit the file via FTP.

Head over to our support forums. We’ll gladly assist you.

How do I get support?

Head over to our support forums. We’ll gladly help you.

Do you support WP-CLI?

Not yet, but we plan to.

Reviews

October 29, 2021
As easy as editing any other plugin admin config page. No more cpanel or ftp accessing for something as simple as adding a line to my .htaccess file. And it even keeps backups of the previous files... just great. Thank you so much for the plugin!
October 25, 2021
When I don't want to shift through files in my SFTP or SHH, this is the fastest way to access my .htaccess file from the WordPress setting.
September 7, 2021
It works very well and automatically keeps a backup of all the previous versions of the .htaccess file.
June 5, 2021
A simple thing, editing a file. The .htaccess file though can cause all kinds of problems if not done right. The .htaccess file is the "first" file read and if edits are not done correctly, the site can go down... immediately! As the plugin not only allows edits to be made but will also check the syntax, it helps when making changes to the .htaccess file a lot less nerve wracking. Documentation is sparse but the information provided is helpful and links provided for further reading/understanding of the .htaccess file. Please note that although not mentioned within the Plugin itself, for security reasons it should at a minimum--be disabled when not going to be used. Removing it is best practice as one should not be making a lot of frequent changes to the .htaccess files anyway. A must have Plugin for the Web Developer Toolbox.
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Contributors & Developers

“Htaccess File Editor – Safely Edit Htaccess File” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

“Htaccess File Editor – Safely Edit Htaccess File” has been translated into 2 locales. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

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Changelog

v1.70

  • 2021/03/04
  • PHP 8 fixes

v1.67

  • 2021/01/30
  • added flyout menu

v1.66

  • 2020/10/17
  • minor bug fixes

v1.65

  • 2019/08/16
  • fixed a few bugs
  • new feature: test htaccess file for syntax errors before saving
  • new feature: htaccess backup
  • 50,000 installations hit on 2019-08-10

v1.60

  • 2019/03/12
  • fixed a few bugs
  • new: editor size is persistent; saved in localStorage
  • menu item moved from Tools to Settings
  • full WordPress Network (WPMU) compatibility

v1.55

  • 2019/01/15
  • added code editor resize feature
  • fixed a few bugs
  • 40k installations hit on 2019-01-09 with 172,000 downloads

v1.50

  • 2018/12/21
  • WebFactory took over development
  • complete plugin rewrite
  • 30,000 installations; 162,200 downloads

v1.3.0

  • Added Spanish translation (Thanks to Andrew Kurtis from WebHostingHub.com)
  • Updated design
  • Updated info links

v1.2.0

  • Improved code
  • Improved design
  • Improved security
  • Removed debug panel
  • Updated translations
  • Updated links
  • Updated screenshots
  • Adding plugin logo

v1.1.1

  • Fixed CHMOD

v1.1.0

  • Adding Czech and English language
  • Adding debug panel
  • Added information about the author and translators
  • Fixed vulnerability
  • Fixed bug loading translations files
  • Optimized for minimum memory requirements
  • Small code modifications

v1.0.1

  • Adding button for create .htaccess file if not exists
  • Fixed bug in the permissions to view the plugin
  • Optimized for smaller memory requirements

v1.0.0

  • 2011/03/24
  • First stable version
  • Adding to WordPress repository