How to browse by web a folder under nginx environnement

  • Posted September 18, 2014

Hi all,

i’ve created trough sftp another folder near my ghost folder in nginx environnment: /var/www/ghost /var/www/folderx

Ghost works find but i don’t find out how to acess the folderx trough http://myurl.tld/folderx

Used to an apache environment i don’t see how to do this under nginx.

Could you help ?




I think i’m getting somewhere now as i got a 403 Forbidden error now. and with adding

location /folder/ { alias /var/www/folder/; autoindex on; }

i can list the folder without being able to access its content…

I’ve tried to add

 location /folder/ {
    alias /var/www/folder/;

in my etc/nginx/sites-enabled/ghost file and restarting ghost but it doesnt work

/var/www/ghost is accessible through myurl.tld. When i try to access myurl.tld/folderx i get a 404 error.

Hi. Is the folder /var/www/ghost accessible trough myurl.tld or myurl.tld/ghost? What type of error message do you see when you try to access myurl.tld/folderx?

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It sounds like you’re pretty close. You can set this up with an alias directive in your Nginx configuration:

server {
    listen 80 default_server;


    root /var/www/ghost;
    index index.html index.htm;

    client_max_body_size 10G;

    location / {
        proxy_pass http://localhost:2368;
        proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;
        proxy_set_header Host $http_host;
        proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-Proto $scheme;
        proxy_buffering off;

    location /folder/ {
            alias /var/www/folder/;
            autoindex on;

The key thing here for being able to browse through the directory structure is the addition of autoindex on Also, make sure the folder has the correct permissions:

sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/folder/

Add an index.html and try to access it myurl.tld/folderx/index.html

What do the NGINX error logs have to say ? Could you share your logs ?

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