There are times where you may require your webpages to be password protected.
To achieve this within Apache the usernames and passwords are stored within a flat file called htpasswd. This is then referenced within your Apache configuration.
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Within your .htaccess file configure the following.
AuthType Basic AuthName "restricted area" AuthUserFile /var/www/html/website/.htpasswd require valid-user
Next we create the htpasswd file and create a user named support.
[root@server /]# cd /var/www/html/website/ [root@server website]# htpasswd -c .htpasswd support New password: Re-type new password: Adding password for user support
Create additional User
An additional user is then created named bob.
[root@server website]# htpasswd .htpasswd bob New password: Re-type new password: Adding password for user bob
Finally Apache is restarted and you can then log into your webpage and confirm password authentication is working.
systemctl restart httpd
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