Question: How can I disable building of directory index in apache/httpd? In other words, how to prevent users from seeing the contents of published directories?

apache directory index

Answer: Actually you are totally right that you wish to disable this feature. One of the “must do’s” on setting a secure apache web server is to disable directory browsing. Usually apache comes with this feature enabled but its always a good idea to get it disabled unless you really need it.

First of all find where is the main apache’s config file httpd.conf is located. If you use Debian, it should be here: /etc/apache/httpd.conf. Using some file editor like Vim or Nano open this file and find the line that looks as follows:

Options Includes Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews

then remove word Indexes and save the file. The line should look like this one:

Options Includes FollowSymLinks MultiViews

After it is done, restart apache (e.g. /etc/init.d/apache restart in Debian). That’s it! 🙂




  1. June 3, 2008  1:20 pm by Lars Reply

    there is a copy-paste mistake, when u say, u'll remove, u should remove the word 'Indexes' ;)

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    Thanks Lars ;)

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  10. May 29, 2012  8:32 am by fahad Reply

    alternatively: sudo a2dismod autoindex

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  12. July 15, 2012  3:09 am by Pat Reply

    The above answer by fahad is more effective and useful.

    It's easier to simply disable autoindex if you never plan to use it. Thanks for the tidbit.

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  14. November 13, 2012  8:13 pm by DebianRulez Reply

    Thanks for info dude.
    BTW we don't need to remove Indexes from configuration file.
    Just simply -Indexes

    and save+restart Apache.Voila)


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