I've never had a problem with cakePHP before, but something's odd about this server and is causing the redirects in the .htaccess files to behave oddly.

CakePHP uses mod_rewrite in .htaccess files to redirect requests to its own webroot folder. The problem is that the redirects are listing the wrong path and causing a 404 error. My CakePHP application, which is stored in the listings directory, has a .htaccess file as follows:

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
    RewriteEngine on
    RewriteRule    ^$ app/webroot/    [R=301,L]
    RewriteRule    (.*) app/webroot/$1 [R=301,L]

(*note that the R=301 causes an external redirect so we can see what is going on from our end. It should really omit this flag and do the redirect internally, transparent to end-users)

This is supposed to redirect any request from to However, rather than simply adding “app/webroot/” to the end as it is supposed to, it is adding the full server path ( /home/username/public_html/listings/app/webroot/ ) resulting in the final URL which is obviously incorrect and triggers a 404 error.

The hosting is on a shared hosting account, so that limits what I can do with the settings. I've never seen this happen before, and I'm thinking it's something wrong from the hosting side of things, but if anyone has some helpful suggestions then I can put them to the hosting company as well.

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The solution to your question can be found towards the bottom of this page in the cakephp book:

For many hosting services (GoDaddy, 1and1), your web server is actually being served from a user directory that already uses mod_rewrite. If you are installing CakePHP into a user directory (, or any other URL structure that already utilizes mod_rewrite, you'll need to add RewriteBase statements to the .htaccess files CakePHP uses (/.htaccess, /app/.htaccess, /app/webroot/.htaccess).

I've deployed CakePHP from my profile's public_html folder as well. I had to change 3 the same .htaccess files mentioned above. Just add RewriteBase /~username/ to the .htaccess files just after RewriteEngine on!


Try removing .htaccess from main file... It worked for me

It was quite simple (using uolhost shared host):

Edit both .htaccess files:



Add the following line: RewriteBase /

Here is the whole /webroot/.htaccess file:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteRule ^ index.php [L]

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