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How to fix Page Not Found on netlify

kapi1 profile image Kapil Pandey ・1 min read

Since you are reading this, you surely might have came across the same error as shown in the cover image.

I'm not sure if other static site servers/platforms are all like that, but if you deploy SPA to Netlify you can only navigate from index.html to other pages using Links.Once you refresh or type a URL directly in the address bar you'll get 404.

Why does this error occur?

If your SPA is build with React then React Router handles routing on the client side (browser) when you visit internal page (e.g. http://localhost:3000/about) but once you host your SPA on Netlify (server-side) the routing logic has to be modified because Netlify does not know how to handle the route.

How to fix the issue?

As per the doc, you need to create a file named _redirects in the root folder.You can go to the link mentioned above to know more about it.I'll directly show how to fix it:

  • Create a file named _redirects without any extension inside public folder.
  • Copy paste the below content in the file
/*    /index.html   200
  • Push your code and redeploy

Cheers 🥂 you fixed the broken link!


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Piyush Suthar

And if you want to host a react app on any Cpanel or shared hosting, then adding .htaccess file will be super useful.

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>

  RewriteEngine On
  RewriteBase /
  RewriteRule ^index\.html$ - [L]
  RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
  RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
  RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-l
  RewriteRule . /index.html [L]

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thanks ...your solution solved my issue...THANKS

kuzzzzz profile image

Thanks this worked like magic

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Gbenga Oyetade

This was really helpful. Thanks a lot for writing and making it short.

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Hemant Joshi 😼

Life-saving Post
Thank You

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Kapil Pandey Author

Glad to be of help!

mzaini30 profile image

You can using server configuration:

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Yatrik Patel

I’ve ran into this issue before and didn’t exactly know what to do. I guess I’ll try this out and see. Thanks.