Convert Apache .htaccess to IIS Web.Config

1 minute read | By Mangesh Sangapu

A web.config file is the settings and configuration for applications on IIS Server (ex: Azure Paas Websites ). But what if you’re coming from a Linux host – what then?

Well, there are few options:

1) Online Conversion Tool

As always, please verify the converted web.config rules on a development site before introducing them directly into production.

2) IIS Manager

More on IIS Manager .htaccess conversions here

3) Manual Conversion

There is a good article on the equivalent components. It can be found here:


Htaccess Component web.config equivalent
<FilesMatch “\.(gif’|‘jpg|^png)$”>
Order allow, deny
<add fileExtension=”.gif” allowed=”true” />
<add fileExtension=”.jpg” allowed=”true” />
<add fileExtension=”.png” allowed=”false” />
Default Document
# Set the default handler
DirectoryIndex index.php
<remove value=”index.php” />
<add value=”index.php” />
URL Rewriting

RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^$
RewriteRule ^(.)$$1
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !=/favicon.ico
RewriteRule ^(.
)$ index.php?q=$1 [L,QSA]
<rule name=”Imported Rule 1″ stopProcessing=”true”>
<match url=”^(.)$” ignoreCase=”false” />
<add input=”{HTTP_HOST}” pattern=”^$” />
<action type=”Redirect” redirectType=”Permanent” url=”{R:1}” />
<rule name=”Imported Rule 2″ stopProcessing=”true”>
<match url=”^(.
)$” ignoreCase=”false” />
<add input=”{REQUEST_FILENAME}” matchType=”IsFile” ignoreCase=”false” negate=”true” />
<add input=”{REQUEST_FILENAME}” matchType=”IsDirectory” ignoreCase=”false” negate=”true” />
<add input=”{URL}” pattern=”^/favicon.ico$” ignoreCase=”false” negate=”true” />
<action type=”Rewrite” url=”index.php?q={R:1}” appendQueryString=”true” />
Error Page Redirects / Handling

# Make Application handle any 404 errors.
ErrorDocument 404 /index.php
<!– HTTP Errors section should only be enabled if the “Error Pages” feature has been delegated as “Read/Write” at the Web Server level.
<remove statusCode=”404″ subStatusCode=”-1″ /> >
<error statusCode=”404″ prefixLanguageFilePath=”” path=”/index.php” responseMode=”ExecuteURL” />
Directory Browsing


# Don’t show directory listings for URLs which map to a directory.
Options -Indexes
<directoryBrowse enabled=”false” />