General Information [ ^ ] .htaccess Definition 1 ^ Apache server software provides distributed (i.e., directory-level) configuration via Hypertext Access files. These . htaccess files enable the localized fine-tuning of Apache’s universal system-configuration directives, which are defined in Apache’s main configuration file. The localized . htaccess directives must operate from within a file named . htaccess . The user must have appropriate file permissions to access and/or edit the . htaccess file.