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Enable Directory Browsing – Apache HTTPD Server

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Enabling Directory browsing is not recommended because of security purposes. However, sometimes, you still need this option to show something like files, folders, and pictures or something else. Today, I will show you in my case that I created my CentOS Local repo based baseurl http. This example is tested in my VMware test CentOS 7 machine and its working very fine. Note that the default server application is Apache.

Please follow the bellow steps :

1. Remove the Welcome Page

2. Add the Virtual host.

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3. Add content.

Remove Welcome Page
if you have no “index.html” files on the folder the apache will stay showing the welcome page. This why we have to remove it.

rm -rf /etc/httpd/conf.d/welcome.conf

Add the Virtual Host

I dedicated this vhost to CentOS packages. For this reason, I created the example vhsost – centos.osradar.com. In your case, please replace the vhost bellow with your own vshost  and dont forget to add the vhost  to  “/etc/hosts”   file  or “C:\Windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts”

<VirtualHost centos.osradar.com:80>
ServerAdmin [email protected]
ServerName centos.osradar.com
DocumentRoot /var/www/centos
<Directory “/var/www/centos“>
Options All Indexes FollowSymLinks
Require all granted
ErrorLog logs/centos.osradar.com-error_log
CustomLog logs/centos.osradar.com-access_log combined

Add content
In my case, I want to see all my CentOS 7 ISO packages and  files

mkdir /var/www/centos

Mount the DVD ROM.

mount /dev/cdrom /var/www/centos

Restart the Apache server.

/etc/init.d/httpd restart

Test it by visiting the URL.

Disable or enable the firewall

firewall-cmd --permanent --add-service=http

firewall-cmd  --reload

Now check the links bellow

http://your.ip.add.ress  or http://hostname

Now you could see the directories and files

yon can use  this url  as yum repo url

[root@centos7a yum.repos.d]# cat /etc/yum.repos.d/rhel.repo
name = centos repo server
[root@centos7a yum.repos.d]#

Is it Working? Check it out:

[root@centos7a yum.repos.d]# yum repolist
Loaded plugins: fastestmirror
Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
repo id repo name status
centos-repo centos repo server 3,894
repolist: 3,894
[root@centos7a yum.repos.d]#

Yes, it’s working! Enjoy!


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