How can we remove index.php?route= in OpenCart for contact, home and other

This simple Opencart OCMod file will remove the index.php?route= in Opencart and shorten the URL of OpenCart for contact us page, common home, checkout, cart, voucher, account, log in, manufacturer, affiliate login, password forget URL, and others.

Once you download the above, you will get extract it and rename it to, then go to admin >> Extensions >> Installer then upload the Then download the following SEO-URL.sql

Once you download the above you will get, extract it, you will get seo-url-add.sql. Then go to admin >> System >> Maintenance >> Backup & Restore, and click the Restore tab and click Import, and select seo-url-add.sql.

Backp and Restore Opencart

Once this is successful then go to admin >> Extensions >> Modifications >> then click refresh buttone

Modifications lists of extension Opencart

Then you are all set.

If you are still seeing issues then check if you complete all of the below:

  • Don’t forget to refresh your modifications.
  • Your SEO URL need to be active
  • If you are running your store in sub-folder then don’t forget to add it in .htaccess.

Read more: 25 SEO best practices for Opencart 3 with 3 free SEO Opencart 3 module

For those who are developer:

The developer can do the following to make more changes as needed. Open catalog/controller/startup/seo_url.php and in the public function rewrite($link) method add below code after parse_str($url_info[‘query’], $data);

if ($data['route'] == 'common/home'){
    $url .= '/';
if ($data['route'] == 'information/contact'){
    $url .= '/contact';
if ($data['route'] == 'account/return/add'){
    $url .= '/returnadd';
if ($data['route'] == 'information/sitemap'){
    $url .= '/sitemap';
if ($data['route'] == 'product/manufacturer'){
    $url .= '/manufacturer';
if ($data['route'] == 'account/voucher'){
    $url .= '/voucher';
if ($data['route'] == 'affiliate/login'){
    $url .= '/affiliatelogin';
if ($data['route'] == 'product/special'){
    $url .= '/special';
if ($data['route'] == 'account/login'){
    $url .= '/login';
if ($data['route'] == 'checkout/cart'){
    $url .= '/cart';

Add as many URLs as you want in here and it’s rewrite URL. Then go to admin >> Design >> SEO URL and add them each except for the home page. Like for contact us page

SEO URL opencart

So you need to insert for all, then you will see the changes or you can directly import the following seo-url.sql file at admin >> System >> Maintenance >> Backup/Restore. Download it. Check the database table prefix if it is different than oc_ if yes then need to change in the SQL file.

Or run the following SQL in your database

INSERT INTO `oc_seo_url` (`seo_url_id`, `store_id`, `language_id`, `query`, `keyword`) VALUES (NULL, '0', '1', 'checkout/cart', 'cart');
INSERT INTO `oc_seo_url` (`seo_url_id`, `store_id`, `language_id`, `query`, `keyword`) VALUES (NULL, '0', '1', 'account/login', 'login');
INSERT INTO `oc_seo_url` (`seo_url_id`, `store_id`, `language_id`, `query`, `keyword`) VALUES (NULL, '0', '1', 'affiliate/login', 'affiliatelogin');
INSERT INTO `oc_seo_url` (`seo_url_id`, `store_id`, `language_id`, `query`, `keyword`) VALUES (NULL, '0', '1', 'account/voucher', 'voucher');
INSERT INTO `oc_seo_url` (`seo_url_id`, `store_id`, `language_id`, `query`, `keyword`) VALUES (NULL, '0', '1', 'product/manufacturer', 'manufacturer');
INSERT INTO `oc_seo_url` (`seo_url_id`, `store_id`, `language_id`, `query`, `keyword`) VALUES (NULL, '0', '1', 'information/sitemap', 'sitemap');
INSERT INTO `oc_seo_url` (`seo_url_id`, `store_id`, `language_id`, `query`, `keyword`) VALUES (NULL, '0', '1', 'account/return/add', 'returnadd');
INSERT INTO `oc_seo_url` (`seo_url_id`, `store_id`, `language_id`, `query`, `keyword`) VALUES (NULL, '0', '1', 'information/contact', 'contact');
INSERT INTO `oc_seo_url` (`seo_url_id`, `store_id`, `language_id`, `query`, `keyword`) VALUES (NULL, '0', '1', 'checkout/checkout', 'checkout');
INSERT INTO `oc_seo_url` (`seo_url_id`, `store_id`, `language_id`, `query`, `keyword`) VALUES (NULL, '0', '1', 'product/special', 'special');

You can add other URLs as per your need. You can keep on customizing and let us know tips and tricks to improve it.

In this way, you can improve your URL and be SEO-friendly in Opencart. Let us know if need any support. Please subscribe to our YouTube Channel for Opencart video tutorials and get lots of other Opencart free modules. You can also find us on Twitter and Facebook.

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  1. Hi Rupak,

    This blog is really helpful!!
    Rupak i want to add ‘About us’ link beside desktop link in header and on click same aboutus page should open , How can i achieve that ?

  2. Hi,
    It really works fine with one language.
    I looking for modification to works on multi language site.
    I have three languages and work strange, when you change languages once works SEO on one and once on another language, without any logical sense.
    I will be very grateful If you have any solution.

  3. Hi Rupak,
    OK find out, upload SQL with other translations and ‘languge_id’ 1=eng 2, 3 for other languages.
    Have a nice day.


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