Jun 4, 2017 | Blog

How to Set AllowOverride All on Ubuntu for WordPress Permalink to Work

WordPress permalink does not work as per default Apache settings of certain Operating Systems. For example, if we need to host WordPress on Apache2 running on the Ubuntu server, we need to modify the Allow Override rule to make the permalink changes work. In another case, WordPress will show a 404 error page if we set up a permalink.

To Allow Override rule in Apache2 and use pretty URLs for WordPress installs on Ubuntu Server or other Operating Systems, a small modification to apache2.conf file is required.

Here is the path of the file and setting that need to be updated to overwrite URL rewrite rule in Ubuntu 16, 17 and further.

Open this file in edit mode: /etc/apache2/apache2.conf

You could use nano editor. The command could go something like this.

cd /etc/apache2/

sudo nano apache2.conf

Then the editor pops the file up.

Look for the following like and make some changes as shown below.

Change AllowOverride None to Allow Override All.

In next step, restart apache and things will be good to go

sudo systemctl restart apache2

Now WordPress Permalink will work. In case if the permalinks still does not work, mod re-write could be enabled using the following command.

And finally restart apache server
sudo systemctl restart apache2

Posted By:
Marshall
Marshall is creative head at Elicus and works with the team to bring ideas to life. He is strongly focused on delivering a quality experience to clients and customers.

4 Comments

  1. Joe Stroup

    I have a couple of WordPress sites running on Ubuntu 18.04 – and my permalinks seem to work fine without this modification.

    Perhaps there’s a problem in some instance I’m not testing. Or perhaps this newer release of Ubuntu no longer has the problem.

    Can you shed any light on the matter?

    Reply
    • Marshall

      Hi Joe,

      Is your server a custom built or you used any installer that might have taken care of the AllowOverride setting?

      I have not yet tested this on a custom built Ubuntu 18.x server and would love to give this a try and see if this works.

      Reply
  2. Anónimo

    HTTP ERROR 503 after the changes.
    Why?

    Reply
  3. Marshall

    503 is a temperory error. Are you still not able to access the site even after a few reload attemps? Try considering restarting the server.

    Reply

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4 Comments

  1. Joe Stroup

    I have a couple of WordPress sites running on Ubuntu 18.04 – and my permalinks seem to work fine without this modification.

    Perhaps there’s a problem in some instance I’m not testing. Or perhaps this newer release of Ubuntu no longer has the problem.

    Can you shed any light on the matter?

    Reply
    • Marshall

      Hi Joe,

      Is your server a custom built or you used any installer that might have taken care of the AllowOverride setting?

      I have not yet tested this on a custom built Ubuntu 18.x server and would love to give this a try and see if this works.

      Reply
  2. Anónimo

    HTTP ERROR 503 after the changes.
    Why?

    Reply
  3. Marshall

    503 is a temperory error. Are you still not able to access the site even after a few reload attemps? Try considering restarting the server.

    Reply

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