Connection Refused on Droplet running Nginx + Unicorns for Rails

Posted June 19, 2015 2.6k views
Ruby on RailsNginx


I’ve been getting a Connection refused error when I try to connect to my server through my browser. Oddly enough, the nginx access.log doesn’t log these requests, and there’s no mention of anything breaking in the unicorn.log. This started happening after I had a 504 gateway timeout where unicorn was giving me an error because of a versioning issue with one of my gems. After uninstalling the incorrect version and restarting unicorn, I can’t get my browser to connect to the server at all. I’d appreciate any guidance on this!


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The most common reason to be getting a connection refused and not seeing anything recorded in the logs would be that either nginx is not running or you have a firewall or some configuration issue preventing nginx from responding.