How do I hide and show the files and directories on my website?

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When I go to, I see all the files on my website instead of a 404 or 403 error. How can I disable this? Also, how do I enable this?

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The feature you are looking for is mod_autoindex in Apache. You can read the full documentation here, but in a nutshell, you want to add

Options -Indexes

to your Apache virtual host configuration in the directory you want to disable. To enable them, you want to use

Options +Indexes

In Nginx, the equivalent is ngx_http_autoindex_module. You can read the full documentation on this here. While it is set to off by default, you can explicitly turn it on/off with the following inside a location block of your virtual host configuration:

autoindex off;

To enable it, you would use

autoindex on;


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