Creating Apache Handlers in cPanel

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Configure Apache to handle new file types

Updated: August 19, 2022
By: RSH Web Editorial Staff
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Advanced > Apache Handlers

Apache handlers control how the Apache web server software manages certain file types and extensions for your site. Apache comes configured to handle HTML and SHTML files , CGI scripts and server-parsed files (SSI).

Login to your cPanel and access the option "Apache Handlers".

Apache Handlers

You can configure Apache to handle a new file type with an existing handler by manually adding the handler and extension.

Apache can handle CGI scripts and server-parsed files. The file extensions for these files include .cgi, .pl, .plx, .ppl, .perl, and .shtml.

Create an Apache Handler

To add an Apache handler, perform the following steps:

Enter the handler name in the Handler text box. This can be any name you choose
cPanel includes the following built-in handlers:

  • • default-handler — Sends the file and uses Apache’s default handler for static content
  • • send-as-is — Sends the file with HTTP headers intact
  • • cgi-script — Handles the file as a CGI script
  • • imap-file — Parses the file as an imagemap rule file
  • • server-info — Retrieves the server’s configuration information
  • • server-parsed — Parses the file for server-side includes
  • • server-status — Retrieves the server’s status report
  • • type-map — Parses the file as a type map file

Enter the file extension in the Extension(s) text box.

Space-separate multiple extensions (for example, .cgi .pl .ppl).

Click Add.

For more information, read Apache’s documentation.

Note: This interface does not allow you to create custom Apache handlers.

Remove an Apache Handler

To remove a user-defined handler, perform the following steps:

Click Delete under the Remove heading for the appropriate handler in the User Defined Apache Handlers table.

Click Yes.

Note: You cannot remove the file extensions that Apache automatically handles.

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