Prevent Apache from displaying text files within a web browser

Posted: 23rd May 2012

Tags: apache, code, drupal

When you download Drupal, there are several text files that are placed in the root of your installation. You don't want or need these to be visible to anyone attempting to view them in a browser - especially CHANGELOG.txt as that includes the exact version of Drupal you are running and could therefore have security implications.

Rather than delete these files or change the file permissions manually for each file, I can add the following lines into my VirtualHost configuration:

<Files ~ "\.txt$">
    Order deny,allow
    Deny from all
</Files>

This prevents any files with a .txt extension from being accessed and rendered in a web browser.

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Oliver Davies is a Web Developer, System Administrator and Drupal specialist based in the UK. He is a Senior Drupal Developer at Microserve and also provides freelance consultancy services for Drupal websites, PHP applications and Linux servers.

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