Using Apache 2.2 and PHP 5, what's the best way to run PHP without the .php extension. For example, I have a script called app.php and I like to invoke it as

http://example.com/app

Please notice that I still want keep the .php extension to the file and I don't have mod_rewrite. Don't want use index.php either because it requires too many directories.

I did find one way by adding this to my .htaccess,

AddHandler server-parsed .php
SetHandler application/x-httpd-php
AddHandler application/x-httpd-php .php

The page runs a little slower by using this. I suspect it invokes SSI on every PHP page. Wonder if there are any better ways to accomplish this.

Comments

I have seen this done using a <file> directive but you're much less likely to get that running in a shared environment than mod_rewrite I think.

Written by Pekka

Personally, I'd just drop enough hints about "degrading performance" and "I'm givin' her all she's got, Captain!" until they installed mod_rewrite.

Written by Xorlev

Accepted Answer

An alternative is to use content negotiation. Turn on multiviews:

Options +MultiViews

If a named resource doesn't exist, Apache will glob for the file, then sort based on the media type and content encoding requirements send by the browser. If there's only one file (your PHP script), then that's what the URL resolves to.

Written by outis
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