Apache Display / Change a Default Page Other Than index.html

by on August 31, 2006 · 17 comments· LAST UPDATED October 27, 2009

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How do I display or change a default page other than index.html or index.php under Apache web server?

You need to use DirectoryIndex directive under Apache to set a default page other than index.html or index.php.

The DirectoryIndex directive sets the list of resources or file to look for, when the client requests an index of the directory by specifying a / at the end of a directory name.

Edit httpd.conf

Open your Apache configuration file httpd.conf
# vi httpd.conf

Find out line that read as follows:

Now set it as per your requirements:
DirectoryIndex index.html index.htm default.htm index.php index.pl

Save and close the file. Restart the Apache web server:
# /etc/init.d/httpd restart

Please note that if you do not have access to Apache configuration file. Add DirectoryIndex to your .htaccess file.

You can also specify php or pl dynamic script. Also note that the documents do not need to be relative to the directory. Consider following example
DirectoryIndex index.html index.pl /nav/index.php

Above would cause the php script /nav/index.php to be executed if neither index.html or index.pl existed in a directory.

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Adribabe October 9, 2008 at 3:55 am

I was unable to have Drupal working until I did this. Great :D


2 Naseem December 8, 2008 at 1:21 pm

Thank u very much… I had same problem with drupal but solved now , and I can view all pages of Drupal.


3 Uday January 13, 2009 at 5:31 am

Thank you very much.


4 takaru May 28, 2009 at 4:28 am

thanks for the guide


5 MrKIPS July 22, 2009 at 3:11 pm

Hi, although apache manuals contain this information, your website gives solutions for commonly sought after problems/questions. Useful indeed! Thank you.


6 nikhil September 16, 2009 at 1:40 pm

What do you to if you wanted to change your default desktop?

A.Use the switchdesk program.
B.Edit /etc/X11/prefdm.
C.Open the .Xdefaults file in your home directory.
D.Link startx to gnome-session or startkde.


7 Drew October 27, 2009 at 5:18 pm

Just a note, you don’t have to restart the server to make these changes you can use the reload command

/etc/init.d/apache2 reload


8 Amera December 29, 2009 at 8:59 pm

Thank you very much.
I had problem of setting my home page too.


9 soluicius October 26, 2010 at 6:59 pm

yeah i have done that .. but now my apache list the script that in my index.php is :|…


10 Sumaroo Suyash Kumar May 4, 2011 at 12:43 pm


nice little article…works nicely


11 praveen July 4, 2011 at 9:34 am

how I can make all my php pages extenions(.php) should be shown as html extension(.html). Is there any way I can change that to .php files to .html when client acces the php pages? Please resolve the issue as soon as possible. Thanks!


12 Mohsin September 18, 2012 at 7:02 pm

Thanks Alot:)
I really appreciate!


13 JK April 10, 2013 at 5:58 am

Thanks for the information. It really helps a lot.


14 Mrudula April 10, 2013 at 11:55 am

Wooooohhooooo…!!! It worked.. :)


15 lalitha November 20, 2013 at 6:12 am

how can i make this work if im hosting two webpages? using VirtualHost


16 Gunasekhar January 24, 2014 at 10:31 am

Thank u sir


17 luniga March 1, 2014 at 6:14 am

Thanks… it works


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