Enable mod_rewrite in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

Activate the mod_rewrite module with

sudo a2enmod rewrite

and restart the apache

sudo service apache2 restart

To use mod_rewrite from within .htaccess files, edit the default VirtualHost with

sudo vimĀ /etc/apache2/sites-available/default

and change the first two occurrences of

AllowOverride None

to

AllowOverride All

Save and exit the vimĀ editor

Restart the server again:

sudo service apache2 restart

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