How to Disable Server Wide Directory Browsing?

Posted on June 9th, 2017

How to Disable Server Wide Directory Browsing?

Directory listing is disabled by default in most servers for security purposes. You can disable/enable the directory listing option from the Apache configuration. You can improve the server security by disabling this feature globally.


Method 1:  Steps to disable directory listing via WHM panel

1) Login to WHM.

2) Click “Service Configuration”.

Disable directory browsing


3) Select Apache configuration.

Disable directory browsing


4) Navigate to Global Configuration.

Disable directory browsing


5) Untick Indexes option in “Directory ‘/’ Options”.

Disable directory browsing


6) Click the Save button.

7) Rebuild Apache conf.


Method 2: Disable Directory Browsing via SSH

1) Login to server via SSH

2) Open httpd.conf

3) Search “Options” and Remove the word ‘Indexes ‘from options

 “Options ExecCGI FollowSymLinks IncludesNOEXEC Indexes SymLinksIfOwnerMatch

Options Includes Indexes FollowSymLinks”


4) Restart Apache

 # service httpd restart


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