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How to browse by web a folder under nginx environnement

Posted September 18, 2014 8.1k views

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 ?

Thx

SPG

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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;

    server_name my-ghost-blog.com;

    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 ?

  • 2014/09/18 07:22:35 [error] 16047#0: *1 directory index of “/var/www/emissions/” is forbidden, client: 195.244.XXX.XX, server: pbg.xyz, request: “GET /emissions/ HTTP/1.1”, host: “www.pbg.xyz

    2014/09/18 07:22:38 [error] 16047#0: *1 directory index of “/var/www/emissions/” is forbidden, client: 195.244.XXX.XX, server: pbg.xyz, request: “GET /emissions/ HTTP/1.1”, host: “www.pbg.xyz

    2014/09/18 07:22:52 [error] 16047#0: *1 directory index of “/var/www/emissions/” is forbidden, client: 195.244.XXX.XX, server: pbg.xyz, request: “GET /emissions/ HTTP/1.1”, host: “www.pbg.xyz

  • It’s working on index.html, not on the rest of the content…
    maybe something related to the ftp user… as index is own by root and work and not the subcontent with the ftp user as an owner

  • Do the other directories contain index.html files too? Is there a file called index.html in /var/www/emissions?

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