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What are HTACCESS files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a HTACCESS file or are you simply curious about its contents? We're here to explain the properties of these files and provide you with software that can open or 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

Important: Different programs may use files with the HTACCESS file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your HTACCESS file is, you may need to try a few different programs.

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

Last updated: November 15, 2022

Various apps that use files with this extension

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 Editor (Japanese)Sakura Editor (Japanese)User submitted
PHPEditPHPEditUser submitted
Sublime TextSublime TextUser submitted
NoteTab ProNoteTab ProUser submitted
HTML-KitHTML-KitUser submitted

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