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Mastering NGINX - Second Edition

By : Dimitri Aivaliotis
Book Image

Mastering NGINX - Second Edition

By: Dimitri Aivaliotis

Overview of this book

NGINX is a high-performance HTTP server and mail proxy designed to use very few system resources. But despite its power it is often a challenge to properly configure NGINX to meet your expectations. Mastering Nginx is the solution – an insider’s guide that will clarify the murky waters of NGINX’s configuration. Tune NGINX for various situations, improve your NGINX experience with some of the more obscure configuration directives, and discover how to design and personalize a configuration to match your needs. To begin with, quickly brush up on installing and setting up the NGINX server on the OS and its integration with third-party modules. From here, move on to explain NGINX's mail proxy module and its authentication, and reverse proxy to solve scaling issues. Then see how to integrate NGINX with your applications to perform tasks. The latter part of the book focuses on working through techniques to solve common web issues and the know-hows using NGINX modules. Finally, we will also explore different configurations that will help you troubleshoot NGINX server and assist with performance tuning.
Table of Contents (20 chapters)
Mastering NGINX - Second Edition
About the Author
About the Reviewer
Directive Reference
Persisting Solaris Network Tunings

Locations – where, when, and how

The location directive may be used within a virtual server section and indicates a URI that comes either from the client or from an internal redirect. Locations may be nested with a few exceptions. They are used for processing requests with as specific configuration as possible.

A location is defined as follows:

location [modifier] uri {...}

Or it can be defined for a named location:

location @name {…}

A named location is only reachable from an internal redirect. It preserves the URI as it was before entering the location block. It may only be defined at the server context level.

The modifiers affect the processing of a location in the following way:

Location modifiers



This modifier uses exact match and terminate search.


This modifier uses case-sensitive regular expression matching.


This modifier uses case-insensitive regular expression matching.


This modifier stops processing before regular expressions are checked for a match...