Programming language: Shell
License: GNU General Public License v3.0 only
Tags: File Sharing and Synchronization     Distributed filesystems     Web based file managers    
Latest version: v2.4.0

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apaxy is a customisable theme built to enhance the experience of browsing web directories. It uses the mod_autoindex Apache module - and some css - to override the default style of a directory listing.

Table of contents


Apaxy may be basic, but it gives you a great deal of creative freedom when styling your directory.

  • style your directory listing with css
  • make it pop with javascript
  • add welcome messages, download instructions or copyright notices
  • add custom media type icons (requires editing the .htaccess file)
  • use custom error pages

Sadly, visual style is all you can work with. It's not possible to alter the generated table structure of the listing directory with Apaxy.


apaxy requires an apache (2.2.11+) http server. The configuration of the apache http server have to set an AllowOverride statement for the Apaxy styled folder:

AllowOverride Options Indexes FileInfo

Quick start

If you would like, you can automate the installation of Apaxy with the included apaxy-configure.sh script.

To get started, first open apaxy.config in your favorite editor, then edit the apacheWebRootPath and installWebPath variables to correspond to your server's settings. Save the file and exit.

You can set some parameters of apaxy.config on the command line instead of the config file. You can see the documentation of the cli with the following command: apaxy-configure.sh -h.

Then run the configuration script as a user that can write to the installWebPath directory. With apache under debian, this would be the www-data user:

$ sudo -u www-data ./apaxy-configure.sh

The files will be copied to the web server directory, and modified automatically based on the settings specified.

Manual install

Let's assume you have a folder named share in your server root directory (the path thus being http://mywebsite.com/share) that you'd like to use as your listing directory:

  • download and unzip apaxy
  • copy and paste the contents of the /apaxy folder to your /share folder
  • edit htaccess.txt (now in the /share folder) and update all instances of paths marked with {FOLDERNAME} to point to your site root


AddIconByType (gif,{FOLDERNAME}/theme/icons/gif.png) image/gif

Should be changed to...

AddIconByType (gif,/share/theme/icons/gif.png) image/gif
  • if you want to enable the gallery feature, overwrite the header and footer files:
mv footer-lightgallery.html footer.html
mv header-lightgallery.html header.html
  • edit footer.html, along with all the other html documents (in the /share/theme folder) and update all instances of paths marked with {FOLDERNAME} to point to your site root


<script src={FOLDERNAME}/theme/apaxy.js></script>

Should be changed to...

<script src=/share/theme/apaxy.js></script>
  • once done, rename htaccess.txt to .htaccess in the /share directory
  • treat yo'self, you're done!

Docker image

A local Demo can be started with docker.

docker-compose up

Apaxy themes

If you'd like to alter the default Apaxy theme, look in the /theme folder and you'll find the following files:

  • header.html
  • footer.html
  • style.css

Edit these as you would any other html or css file.

Adding your own icons is a little more involved. You'll need to edit the main Apaxy .htaccess file. Look for the following as an example:

AddIconByType (gif,{FOLDERNAME}/theme/icons/gif.png) image/gif

The above rule will assign an icon named gif.png from the directory {FOLDERNAME}/theme/icons/ to any file whose media type is image/gif.

This url path is relative to your site's root.

Media types

The default apaxy theme /themes/apaxy has icons in place for the following media types:

3dml 3ds 3g2 3gp 7z aac adp ai aif aifc aiff apk appcache asf asm asx atom au avi azw bat bin bmp bpk btif bz bz2 c cab caf cb7 cba cbr cbt cbz cc cgm class cmx com conf cpp css csv curl cxx dcurl deb def deploy dic diff dist distz djv djvu dll dmg dms doc docx dot dra dsc dtd dts dtshd dump dvb dwg dxf ecelp4800 ecelp7470 ecelp9600 elc eol eps epub etx exe f f4v f77 f90 fbs fh fh4 fh5 fh7 fhc flac fli flv flx fly for fpx fst fvt g3 gif gv gz gzip h h261 h263 h264 hh hpp htm html ico ics ief ifb in iso jad jar java jpe jpeg jpg jpgm jpgv jpm js json kar ktx latex list log lrf lvp m1v m2a m2v m3a m3u m3u8 m4a m4u m4v Makefile man mar markdown mcurl md mdb mdi me mid midi mj2 mjp2 mk3d mka mks mkv mmr mng mobi mov movie mp2 mp2a mp3 mp4 mp4a mp4v mpe mpeg mpg mpg4 mpga mpkg ms msi mxu n3 nfo npx odb odc odf odft odg odi odm odp ods odt oga ogg ogv opml otc otf otg oth oti otp ots ott p pas patch pbm pct pcx pdf pgm php phtml pic pkg pls png pnm pot ppm pps ppsx ppt pptx prc ps psd py pya pyv qt ra ram rar ras rb README rgb rip rlc rmi rmp roff rpm rss rtf rtx s s3m sass scss scurl sfv sgi sgm sgml sh sid sil smv snd so spot spx sql sub svg svgz t tar tex text tga tif tiff torrent tr tsv ttc ttf ttl txt udeb uri uris urls uu uva uvg uvh uvi uvm uvp uvs uvu uvv uvva uvvg uvvh uvvi uvvm uvvp uvvs uvvu uvvv vcard vcf vcs viv vob wav wax wbmp wdp weba webm webp wm wma wml wmls wmv wmx woff woff2 wvx xbm xht xhtml xif xla xlc xlm xls xlsx xlt xlw xm xml xpmxwd xsl zip


You can enable a gallery feature on apaxy. This feature is based on lightgallery.js.

See installation section for more information.


Make sure the options set in .htaccess files of Apaxy can actually be changed. This means that you need to allow to override the used options in your apache configuration of the directory apaxy used with: AllowOverride Indexes.

Find more information in the in the apache documentation.


apaxy owes its existence to the amazing h5ai by Lars Jung. Had I not seen this, I would never have looked into making my own (probably way less useful) version.

Faenza icons are used in the apaxy theme. Faenza icon theme has been released under GPLv3 licence.


This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program. If not, see http://www.gnu.org/licenses/.

*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the Apaxy README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.