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Sep 09 2011

Password protect apache directory with htaccess

Protect web folder using Apache’s .htaccess method.

Create a new htaccess file in the folder you want to be protected. Name it .htaccess
Fill it with :

AuthUserFile /var/www/.htpasswd
AuthGroupFile /dev/null
AuthName EnterPassword
AuthType Basic
require user xyz

The .htpasswd file would look like this:

xyz:y4E7Ep3e7EYV

If there are multiple users in .htpasswd file, the you must replace Require user xyz with require valid-user.
If you are using Apache2 make sure the following is included in the apache conf file for that folder :

AllowOverride AuthConfig

instead of

AllowOverride None

You can find here a password generator : http://www.addedbytes.com/lab/password-protect-a-directory-with-htaccess/

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