Common .htaccess for clean URI’s in CI

I remember when I started with CI back in the day that I always had a issue trying to get mod_rewrite to work so I could work with clean URLs in CI. Well it’s really not all that hard but I decided I will give you a very common .htaccess that should work on most web hosts. I will say that Godaddy is very abnormal in their structure so I’ve provided a alterative example for Godaddy.

First lets change a few things within your CI configs to make it work.
Open up config.php in application/config/config.php and edit this line:
‘$config['index_page'] = ‘index.php’;’ and replace it ‘index.php’ with a blank quotes ”.

Next depending on your server’s setup you may need to update this line:
‘$config['uri_protocol'] = ‘AUTO’;’
and change AUTO to QUERY_STRING or REQUEST_URI depending on your server setup. For example Godaddy uses QUERY_STRING.

Now in the root of your application create a file called ‘.htaccess’ and place the following code into it, if using Godaddy then choose the second example.

Common .htaccess

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond $1 !^(index\.php|static)
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ index.php/$1 [L]

In this example you will want to include any folders/directories and files that you need accessible, separated by pipes ‘|’.

Godaddy (Query String) .htaccess

RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ /index.php?$1 [L]


Give this a go, I hope it will help you out with any issues you might come across trying to implement this.


Passing common data to all loaded views – CI Tip

If you are just getting started with CI then you will quickly realize that in most cases you need to pass common sets of data to every view you load. From dynamic page titles, to current page variables to determine the current page for navigation, to common sets of data.

There is a ton of different ways you can go about handling this problem, personally I have always used the same method in most of my applications and its my personal preference to do it this way.

You will need to create a library in CI or use a helper (I prefer a library for this), I generally call mine ‘core’. Within this library create a function called ‘site_data’ or ‘common_data’. Within this function create a basic PHP array (key/value) with the same variable ($data for example) and then return that variable at the end of the function. (example below)

Now go to your controllers and anywhere you load a view change your function to look like the following function.

Example Controller:

public function index()
    // Set site_data from core library
    $data = $this->core->site_data();

    // Load view file
    $this->load->view('home', $data);


Example Library:

<?php if ( ! defined('BASEPATH')) exit('No direct script access allowed');	
class Core{
    public $CI;

    public function __construct()
        //Define CI based variables (so you can use CI functions)
        $this->CI =& get_instance();
    public function site_data()
        // Common variables that are used site wide in views
        $data['site_name'] =  $this->CI->config->item('site_name');
        $data['admin_email'] =  $this->CI->config->item('admin_email');
        $data['is_admin'] =  $this->account->admin_check(); 
        $data['cpage'] = ''; // Default for CPAGE Var
        $data['cpage_sub'] = ''; // Default for CPAGE_SUB Var
        return $data;

I hope this mini-tutorial will help you in this very common task with CI apps. Let me know in the comments below what you think and you are welcome to share how you best tackle this same common task.

Thanks for reading