How to Enable mod_rewrite on IIS Web Server?

Microsoft URL Rewrite module offers you similar functionality like the Apache mod_rewrite module. It is fully integrated into the web.config file (an excellent equivalent of the .htaccess file of Apache). URL Rewrite Module in IIS 7 (7.5 and 8.0) provides an import feature that makes conversion of Apache mod_rewrite rules to IIS URL rewrite rules too easy. This module comes pre-installed with all AccuWeb Hosting Windows VPS; guest visitors who want to enable mod_rewrite on IIS can download the Rewrite Module here.

URL Rewrite Module tries to convert Apache mod_rewrite rules to equivalent IIS URL rewrite rules. However, due to architectural differences between Apache and IIS web servers, all mod_rewrite rules may not be converted. Hence, we recommend you completely understand the rewrite rule functionality before you begin the conversion process. Once Apache mod_rewrite rules have been converted to IIS URL rewrite rules, verify that corresponding IIS rewrite rules function the same as Apache rewrite rules.
NOTE: IIS URL Rewrite module will only convert rules that follow Apache mod_rewrite syntax. Any other formats of rewrite rules would not be recognized or could be converted incorrectly.
1. Start IIS Manager (Start >> Run, type inetmgr, and hit enter)

IIS Services
2. In IIS, select the Default Web Site.

3. Under Features View, click URL Rewrite.

URL Rewrite

4. On the right-hand side, under the Actions pane, click on Import Rules.

Import Rules

5. Copy your mod_rewrite rules from the .htaccess file and paste them into the Rewrite rules text box.

Import mod-rewrite Rules

6. Tree View tab will instantly show the result of this conversion. XML View will show how these rules are stored in the web.config file.

7. After rule conversion, rules were assigned with default names. You can change the rule name by selecting the rule from Tree View, right-clicking on the rule name, and selecting Rename from the context menu.

Rename Rules

8. Click Apply to save the converted rules to the web.config file.

→ Looking to set HTTP to HTTPS redirection in IIS? Please refer to set redirection in IIS for more details.

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