Last updated 2024-04-10 17:33:50

Removing "Public" From Laravel URL Routes On Hostinger

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Removing the public path in a route [→]

The Laravel framework has an index.php file within its public directory. This serves as the entry point for all incoming traffic/requests. This means the only way to access any route is to go through the /public directory.

Thus to reach /home, you would have to visit domain.tld/public/home. In the rest of this article, we will look at how to get rid of the /public sub-path from our URLs using the .htaccess config file.

Note: The discussed solution only works on systems running an Apache [↗] or Lightspeed [↗] web server [→]

Hypertext Access Configuration

There are different ways to remove the /public path from your URLs, this post will however focus on a solution using the .htaccess configuration file.

Hypertext Access or .htaccess is a configuration file that allows you to override the default behavior of an Apache webserver [↗].

In this case, we will be using it to rewrite how our web server handles routing.

  • Go ahead and create a .htaccess file in the root folder of your Laravel app. I.E: laravel-app/.htaccess

Directory Structure

01: laravel-app 02: ├── .htaccess
  • Next copy and paste the configuration below into the the newly created file.


01: RewriteEngine on 02: RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^domain.tld$ [NC,OR] 03: RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www.domain.tld$ 04: RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !public/ 05: RewriteRule (.*) /public/$1 [L]

Code walkthrough

  • Line 01 [→]: By setting RewriteEngine on we ensure that the Apache mod_rewrite module is enabled and ready to rewrite URLs.
  • Line 02 [→]: Checks if the provided hostname matches "domain.tld"
  • Line 03 [→]: Same as above but starting with www
  • Line 04 [→]: Check if the requested URI does not start with "public/"
  • Line 05 [→]: If all conditions are met, rewrite the URL to prepend "/public/" to the request URI

Setting .htaccess on Hostinger

Hostinger Dashboard Image [→]

  • Once you are logged onto your Hostinger account, navigate to the website you would like to configure.
  • From here click on the File Manager card.

Hostinger File Manager [→]

  • Once you land on the file manager, navigate to public_html > public
  • click on the "New file" option on the left-hand navigation.
  • Create a file with the name ".htaccess"
  • Click on Create to save this file
  • Double-click on the file i.e: .htaccess to open it
  • Fill it with the configuration from this section [→]
  • Click on the save icon on the far right to save the file

That should do the trick.

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