HTACCESS File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open a HTACCESS file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .HTACCESS files.

What is a HTACCESS file?

Files that contain the .htaccess file extension usually hold the configuration files for Apache Web servers. These files provide an Apache Web server with instructions for the directories of an associated website.

The HTACCESS files that are used for websites perform a variety of functions for a website, including specifying the 404 page of the site, performing 301 and 302 page redirects, denying access to the site from a specific IP address or other websites, defining the index page of a site directory and restricting access of the site to certain directories and pages.

The HTCACCESS files are normally saved in plain-text format.

How to open HTACCESS files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension HTACCESS for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different HTACCESS openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension HTACCESS

While we know of one file format using the .HTACCESS file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .HTACCESS file.

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of HTACCESS files. Remember, different programs may use HTACCESS files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

Microsoft Web Platform ExtensionsMicrosoft Web Platform ExtensionsUser submitted
Adobe DreamweaverAdobe DreamweaverUser submitted
Notepad++Notepad++User submitted
EmEditorEmEditorUser submitted
TeraPadTeraPadUser submitted
sakura editorsakura editorUser submitted
PHPEditPHPEditUser submitted
EditPlusEditPlusUser submitted
Sublime TextSublime TextUser submitted
NoteTab ProNoteTab ProUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with HTACCESS-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with HTACCESS-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!