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Can I Use .htaccess To Password Protect A Directory

Here are some instructions on how to use the .htaccess method for protecting files and directories. It can be pretty simple to do.

The system requires two files -- the .htaccess file and .htpasswd file.

The .htaccess Code

AuthType Basic
AuthName "restricted area"
AuthUserFile /var/www/html/protect-me-dir/.htpasswd
require valid-user

The above code protects a directory called "protect-me-dir" inside of the html directory. Be sure to use the correct folder path for your account type.

The .htpasswd Code


The .htpasswd file contains the usernames and passwords of allowed users. This example shows 3 different users. One per line. The passwords are MD5 encrypted for security purposes.

To generate encrypted passwords for your .htpasswd file, you can use this password generator.

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