Apache redirect www.domain.com to domain.com

by on June 2, 2008 · 5 comments· LAST UPDATED May 12, 2008

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Q. How do I remove www from all my urls so that search engine can only rank domain.com/ urls under Linux Apache web server?

A. Add following code to your .htaccess or httpd.conf (directory directive) file:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www.yourdomain.com$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://domain.com/$1 [R=301,L]

If you added directives to httpd.conf, restart Apache:
# service httpd restart

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1 Igor June 3, 2008 at 12:05 pm


can someone pls write me how to have primary apache server through https which will send requests to some local apache through http.

Cheers, Igor


2 MTBVulture December 22, 2008 at 10:16 pm

I’m in a “extremely incompetent hosting company” situation :) that don’t permit me to use my website without DNS.
Now I’ve put a webserver APACHE on my PC always on with static IP and I’ve forwarded the DNS * and @ to my IP to get the request without www for my website and “redraw” them with WWW.
I have some problems in doing this.
For now I’ve tried this:

$server = $_SERVER[‘SERVER_NAME’]; header(‘Location: http://www.’ . $server);

but doesen’t work with every page (i.e. http://website.ext/* for every possible string in *).
Can you suggest me how to fix this problem?
I repeat, I have an apache webserver so I can also modify settings in apache if is not possible to do this only with PHP.
Thanks so much.
PS: It can be better if this fix works independent by domain name, so I can help people with same problem.
For knowing, the hosting company is TopHost.it
I remember you that my website is hosted OUTSIDE my pc! SO I need only a REDIRECT


3 Steve Dalton January 31, 2010 at 11:33 am

This worked for me, but after the redirect I get an extra slash on the end of the URL. eg.

http://www.domain.com -> http://domain.com//
http://www.domain.com/apage.html -> http://domain.com//apage.html

That works fine – but looks odd.

Also – any hints on getting this going for https (as well as http) too?

ie. https://www.domain.com -> https://domain.com


4 foo March 29, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Steve: just remove the / before $1


5 Stefan January 14, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Hey there. I just created this script. it is independent of domain (will work on any domain)

RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^[^(www)] [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI}?%{QUERY_STRING} [R=301,L]


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