Forward one domain to another using mod_rewrite and .htaccess

23rd May 2012

Warning: This post is over a year old. I don't always update old posts with new information, so some of this information may be out of date.

How to use the .htaccess file to forward to a different domain.

Within the mod_rewrite section of your .htaccess file, add the following lines:

RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^yoursite\.co\.uk$
RewriteRule (.*) http://yoursite.com/$1 [R=301,L]

This automatically forwards any users from http://yoursite.co.uk to http://yoursite.com. This can also be used to forward multiple domains:

RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^yoursite\.co\.uk$ [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^yoursite\.info$ [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^yoursite\.biz$ [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^yoursite\.eu$
RewriteRule (.*) http://yoursite.com/$1 [R=301,L]

If any of the RewriteCond conditions apply, then the RewriteRule is executed.

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Oliver Davies is a full-stack Web Developer and System Administrator based in the UK. He is a Senior Developer at Microserve and a part-time freelancer specialising in Drupal, Symfony and Laravel development and Linux systems administration.