Lighttpd Redirect www.domain.com Requests To domain.com Or Vice Versa

Posted on in Categories Howto, lighttpd, Linux, UNIX last updated August 4, 2006
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For various reason you might want to redirect all traffic coming to www.domain.com to domain.com or vise versa.

This is essential if you want to maintained a good structure for search engines (SEO) or to generate accurate stats.

How To Configure No www

Open your /etc/lighttpd/lighttpd.conf file:
# vi /etc/lighttpd/lighttpd.conf

Find out your virtual domain section.

WWW Redirect with lighttpd

Add following configuration directive if you want to redirect www.domain.com to domain.com (no www)

$HTTP["host"] =~ "^www\.(.*)"
		{
			url.redirect = ( "^/(.*)" => "http://%1/$1" )
		}

No-WWW Redirect with lighttpd

Add following configuration directive if you want to redirect domain.com to www.domain.com (force www)

 $HTTP["host"] =~ "^domain\.com$"
		{
			url.redirect = ( "^/(.*)" => "http://www.domain.com/$1" )
                }

Make sure you replace domain.com with your actual domain name. You can see live example of this configuration by visiting this url (it will automatically remove www and redirect you to theos.in domain).

Close and save the file. Restart the lighttpd web server:
# /etc/init.d/lighttpd restart

Posted by: Vivek Gite

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8 comment

  1. How can i redirect user based on referer?
    Sometime i got bad user i want to redirect them to goway.html? How can i do that? In apache i do something like this:

    RewriteEngine On
    Options +FollowSymlinks
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^http://(.+).edublogs.org [NC,OR]
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^http://(www.)?fakeyahoo.com [NC,OR]
    RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://mysitehere/getout.html [R=301,L]

  2. Does anyone know how I can redirect all non-ww domains to the www version?

    I basically need this reversed:

    $HTTP[“host”] =~ “^www.(.*)$” {
    url.redirect = ( “^/(.*)” => “http://%1/$1” )
    }

    Thanks for any help!

  3. Yes I have, here is the exact code I am using.

    $HTTP[“host”] =~ “(^|.)domain.com$” {
    url.redirect = ( “^/(.*)” => “http://www.domain.com/$1” )
    server.document-root = “/var/www/html/domain.com”
    server.error-handler-404 = “/404.php”
    }

  4. hey how are you all …
    i have two server which is running at the same time ..and having same pages like CDN network.
    for example.
    http://www.kkk.com/info.php (192.168.26.1)
    question is that…when user hit above site.they are facing 404 not found..
    i want when ever user face that error it will automatically redirect on my another server for example (192.168.26.2)at this .and get page from there and they access that automatically ..i will be very thankfull to you act of this kindness
    kindly tell me in this regards ,.

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