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I am using a webhotel which offers a very simple Linux + PHP setup, and does not allow many administration privileges; however, it seems that the server PHP setup there allows for running shell programs via shell_exec.

So what I'm looking for, is a simple PHP-based tool, which:

  • Accepts a path for a .htpasswd file
  • Shows an HTML form that allows for:
    • Adding a user with a password in the .htpasswd file
    • Changing the password of an existing user in the .htpasswd file
    • Deleting a user from the .htpasswd file
  • These operations are done either through a PHP class, or by shell_exec'ing Linux commands (although PHP class is preferred, because I might not have permissions to run htpasswd and similar commands)
  • Does not offer to change any .htaccess files (I prefer to write those manually)
  • Preferably, comes in a single .php file (both the PHP code logic, and the HTML form, excluding libraries) - which I can put in a directory of choice, and then it handles the access to only that directory and below (i.e. if I want to manage a different directory, I'd have to copy the .php manager file there)

Basically, I guess it would look something like "Manage Users" of DirectoryPass:

http://www.directorypass.com/screenshots.php
directorypass

... and AFAIK, there is a similar HTML form-based GUI in cPanel and such; but DirectoryPass is not for me because:

  • It is written in Perl, and needs to run from cgi-bin
  • In principle, it manages the whole filesystem, instead of just directory it is in (and below)
  • Offers to write .htaccess files, which I don't want

Some other "almost there" stuff I found:

There are also some suggestions on http://www.debianhelp.co.uk/htaccessweb.htm - but most of those refer to websites that do not exist anymore...

So is there anything out there, that would fit the requirements I've listed in this question/post?

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This may be an option https://github.com/rafaelgou/php-apache2-basic-auth-manager. Don't have any experience with it, and not sure it has a super user... Is written entirely in PHP and Javascript, using YAML in preference to JSON files. The install instructions are located in the readme.

Best of luck!

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