I'm getting 500 errors showing on my site after renaming htaccess.txt to .htaccess

  • This is generally expected, you need the .htaccess file enabled for most features of Joomla
    – tim.baker
    Dec 8, 2014 at 18:57
  • 6
    How can 500 errors be expected?
    – johanpw
    Dec 8, 2014 at 18:58
  • 1
    I'm not sure that it is generally expected and Joomla can function perfectly without .htaccess being enabled (or at least mod_rewrite enabled) Dec 8, 2014 at 19:12
  • Just enable "Use URL Rewriting" in Global Configuration from the Admin panel.
    – user3927
    Mar 20, 2015 at 13:28

4 Answers 4


Just some additional information on this error, copied right out of the default htaccess.txt file that comes with Joomla:

# The line just below this section: 'Options +FollowSymLinks' may cause problems
# with some server configurations.  It is required for use of mod_rewrite, but may already
# be set by your server administrator in a way that dissallows changing it in
# your .htaccess file.  If using it causes your server to error out, comment it out (add # to
# beginning of line), reload your site in your browser and test your sef url's.  If they work,
# it has been set by your server administrator and you do not need it set here.

## Can be commented out if causes errors, see notes above.
Options +FollowSymLinks

Another line that might cause errors is the RewriteBase (home page will work, all links will give a 404 Not found error):

# Uncomment following line if your webserver's URL
# is not directly related to physical file paths.
# Update Your Joomla! Directory (just / for root).

# RewriteBase /

This line is needed if your Joomla installation is located in a subfolder of your domain. Add the name of the subfolder after the / (e.g. RewriteBase /joomla). Note that this is not needed when Joomla inside a subfolder used as addon domain in cPanel.


To resolve the issue, on line 19 of the file, I replaced

Options +FollowSymLinks


#Options +FollowSymLinks
  • Not sure if this is further information, or the answer :) Can you accept the answer if it is, or move the changes you made to the question as further detail. :)
    – GDP
    Dec 8, 2014 at 15:04
  • This has solved it, I've put it as an answer for anyone else. I can't accept the answer until 2 days time Dec 8, 2014 at 15:07
  • Cool...it was asked and answered so quickly, I wasn't sure :)
    – GDP
    Dec 8, 2014 at 15:09

In my setup, a wamp update had reset my Apache .conf file, and I found out that the module mod_rewrite was disabled!

So I just enabled it by un-commenting that specific line and It was working fine, after restarting the server, also read this answer.


My website's problem is solved by changing 2 lines of .htaccess file:

  • Comment Options +FollowSymLinks as below:

    #Options +FollowSymLinks
  • Uncomment #RewriteEngine On as below:

    RewriteEngine On

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