By default, on most of the linux systems the default character set for Apache is UTF-8. But what if your web application requires a different character set .
Say, if all of your sites are in Spanish Language then you would most likely to change this to the Latin-1 character set (ISO-8859-1) .
So, follow the below steps to change default charset for apache
1 > For all domains
Open the /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf file and search for line ::
and replace with the charset of your choice for example with
if the above line does not exists in httpd.conf file then add that line
And finally restart the apache/httpd service for the changes to take effect.
To verify the new default charset for apache use the below command ::
[email protected] [~]# curl -I localhost HTTP/1.1 200 OK Date: Wed, 04 Apr 2012 06:40:49 GMT Server: Apache Last-Modified: Sat, 31 Mar 2012 15:11:54 GMT Accept-Ranges: bytes Content-Length: 111 Content-Type: text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1
2 > For a Single domain
If you want to change the charset for only a single domain then add the code ::
AddDefaultCharset ISO-8859-1 in the .htaccess file under the document root for that domain.
[email protected][~]# vi .htaccess
That’s all you are done.