I'm not sure whether this is a Craft problem or whether I'm just not seeing something wrong.

For a test site with a folder structure like:


I have this:

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteRule ^assets/(js|css)/(.+)\.\w+\.(js|css)$ assets/$1/$2.$3 [L,NC]

which works fine in that


all resolve to the same file.

But on a Craft site whose directory structure is


this results in a 404

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteRule ^(_js|_css)/(.+)\.\w+\.(js|css)$ $1/$2.$3 [L,NC]



Both sites are running locally on MAMP using Apache.

So is this a problem specific to Craft? Or can I just not see what's wrong with the rewrite rules on the Craft site?

The full .htaccess looks like this:

RewriteEngine On

# Asset path rewriting
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteRule ^(_js|_css)/(.+)\.\w+\.(js|css)$ $1/$2.$3 [L,NC]

# Send would-be 404 requests to Craft
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/(favicon\.ico|apple-touch-icon.*\.png)$ [NC]
RewriteRule (.+) index.php?p=$1 [QSA,L]

There's actually a bunch of HTML5 Boilerplate stuff in there as well but the output is the same with or without it.

  • Can you post the .htaccess file in question? BTW your rules should go above the default Craft rules in the file… Commented Jan 19, 2022 at 16:39
  • @RitterKnight I've edited the question to include it.
    – Tyssen
    Commented Jan 20, 2022 at 1:46

1 Answer 1


Craft doesn’t get involved in .htaccess redirects at all, so whatever it is, it’s going to be a server config thing.

Some things to check:

  • Is this server actually using Apache and not Nginx?
  • Is AllowOverride enabled? (The Apache config that allows .htaccess files)
  • Is mod_rewrite enabled?
  • Sorry, should've mentioned in the original question that both sites are running locally on MAMP using Apache.
    – Tyssen
    Commented Jan 19, 2022 at 11:09

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