Custom 404 not working in my nginx droplet, please help?

  • Posted on October 25, 2019
  • Nginx
  • CybilAsked by C K

I’m am new in nginx and before I user apache web server. So I got to know that .htaccess does not works in nginx, after doing some research I got to know about nginx.conf. When I added the 404 code in http inside server tree and reloaded nothing happens and the default 404 page is returned.

error_page 404 /404.html;
location  /404.html {

I even tried doing this in my /etc/nginx/sites-available/default conf, but still no luck, however Im confused where should I put the code, in sites default conf or in the global nginx conf. Can some one please give me brief on this topic! Appreciate your help

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October 25, 2019
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Not sure if you saw this tutorial during your research:

It’s a little older but I think it covers the main points, namely where to place the 404.html file itself and where in the config it goes (default), inside the server {} section and how to make the new config active.

If that doesn’t help, please paste more of your config and the location of your 404.html - good luck and let us know how it goes.

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