How to Set the PHP Magic Quotes Directive in a .htaccess File

June 3, 2024 / How-to Guide

In this guide, you will learn how to set the PHP magic quotes directive in a .htaccess file.

When the magic quotes directive is enabled, PHP automatically escapes data from HTTP GET and POST requests, as well as cookie data. For instance, if a user enters “hello” (including the quotation marks) in an HTML form, PHP will automatically escape the quotation marks and store the value as \“hello\”.

Follow the steps:

  1. Log in to your account using SSH.
  2. Use a text editor to modify the .htaccess file:
    1. To enable the magic quotes feature, add the following line:
      php_flag magic_quotes_gpc On
    2. To disable the magic quotes feature, add the following line:
      php_flag magic_quotes_gpc Off
  3. Save the changes to the .htaccess file and exit the text editor.
  4. To verify that the new setting is active, create a PHP test file with the following code in the same directory as the .htaccess file:
    <?php phpinfo(); ?>
  5. Load the test file in your web browser and search for the directive’s name. The Local Value column should display the new setting specified in the .htaccess file.

In this manner, you can set the PHP magic quotes directive in a .htaccess file. If you encounter any issues, feel free to contact our support staff at your earliest.

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