HostMonster Web Hosting Help

Stopping Display of All files on Web page


How to Stop A Directory Index From Being Shown


Sometimes, for one reason or another, you will have no index file in your directory. This will, of course, mean that if someone types the directory name into their browser, the Index of / page will appear with a full listing of all the files in that directory will be shown. This could be a security risk for your site.

Note: You can also manage the index settings through the cPanel interface.

To prevent against this (without creating lots of new 'index' files, you can enter a command into your .htaccess file to stop the directory list from being shown:

Options -Indexes
Knowledgebase Article 154,785 views bookmark tags: directory htaccess index (updated 1242 days ago)

Was this resource helpful?

Did this resolve your issue?

Please add any other comments or suggestions about this content:

Recommended Help Content

How do I display my home page which is using a name other than index.html? (updated 1241 days ago)
Knowledgebase Article 139,253 views tags: directory homepage htaccess index order

Explains the use of DirectoryIndex and how to use it. (updated 987 days ago)
Knowledgebase Article 22,240 views tags: cpanel htaccess

If suddenly when you go to your page, you get nothing on the page. You can still get HTML to display, just not PHP. To serve HTML pages to browsers, we don't associate the Apache processes with your 2 (updated 2209 days ago)
Knowledgebase Article 64,533 views tags: page php

Related Help Content

How do I make a sub directory (or sub folder) act as the public_html for your main domain? (updated 20 days ago)
Knowledgebase Article 592,203 views tags: Drupal domain htaccess joomla wordpress

What is the .htaccess file and where can I find more information? (updated 910 days ago)
Knowledgebase Article 1,494,883 views tags: htaccess tips tricks

This article will explain how to add a PHP handler to your .htaccess files. This is useful if you want to customize the version of PHP that runs your PHP files. (updated 39 days ago)
Knowledgebase Article 1,859 views tags: htaccess php

Preventing bandwidth theft using the mod rewrite engine and .htaccess (updated 1181 days ago)
Knowledgebase Article 104,131 views tags: htaccess rewrite

I am trying to rebuild my index for Entropy Search and it stops before 100%. (updated 2199 days ago)
Knowledgebase Article 63,802 views tags: index search

What is the Index Manager? How do I use the Index Manager? (updated 2161 days ago)
Knowledgebase Article 90,128 views tags: index manager

The redirection of or index.html to redirects it to In other words, (updated 619 days ago)
Knowledgebase Article 724,333 views tags: htaccess messing mod php redirect redirects rewrite variable variables

How to run CGI scripts for Addon domains. (updated 1178 days ago)
Knowledgebase Article 88,991 views tags: cgi htaccess