How to disable file hotlinking in Apache with .htaccess

Apache: How to disable file hotlinking in Apache with .htaccess

If you want to ensure that every image requested comes with a HTTP referrer of your own site's URL then this anti image hotlinking .htaccess rule will help you out:

  1. RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^$
  2. RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^http(s)?://(www\.)?YOURSITE.com [NC]
  3. RewriteRule \.(jpg|jpeg|png|gif)$ - [NC,F,L]

Don't forget that you will probably need to enable the rewrite engine for these rules to work. Click the button below to find out how to do this.

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