configuration for nginx for static files in Nodejs

Posted January 1, 2021 1.7k views

Hi all ,

I am a beginner with Node.

I followed the guide and everything is working fine but I am having issues with static folder where I store css picture and other files.

The configuration for the website nginx ( copied for the guide above)

server {
        listen 80 ;
        listen [::]:80 ;

        root /var/www/websitefolder/html;

        index index.html index.htm index.nginx-debian.html;


        location / {

        proxy_pass http://localhost:3000;
        proxy_http_version 1.1;
        proxy_set_header Upgrade $http_upgrade;
        proxy_set_header Connection 'upgrade';
        proxy_set_header Host $host;
        proxy_cache_bypass $http_upgrade;
                # First attempt to serve request as file, then
                # as directory, then fall back to displaying a 404.
                 try_files $uri $uri/ =404;

I copy/paste below the node.js I am trying to run

app.set("view engine", "ejs");
app.use(bodyParser.urlencoded({extended: true}));
//app.use("/public", express.static("public"));
//app.use("/public", express.static("./public"));


app.get("/", function(req, res) {

var today = new Date();

var options = {
  weekday: "long",
  day: "numeric",
  month: "long",


Failed to load resource: the server responded with a status of 404 (Not Found)


edited by MattIPv4

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Hi there,

I would usually use the following Nginx configuration to have the static files working:

upstream backend {
server localhost:3000;

server {
    listen 80;

    root /var/www/your_project;

    location / {
       try_files $uri @backend;

    location @backend {
         proxy_pass http://backend;
         proxy_set_header X-Real-IP $remote_addr;
         proxy_set_header Host $host;
         proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;
         # Following is necessary for Websocket support
         proxy_http_version 1.1;
         proxy_set_header Upgrade $http_upgrade;
         proxy_set_header Connection "upgrade";