How to configure URL extensions at Nginx

  • Posted January 23, 2021
  • Nginx


I have a droplet and a website. I can upload my html files to my droplet and see them correctly.

But I just want to see my web pages like this; 12.34.556.708/home 12.34.556.708/about 12.34.556.708/test etc

and not like this; 12.34.556.708/home.html 12.34.556.708/about.asp 12.34.556.708/test.php etc

How can i do that? Is that possible with nginx settings?

I’ve tried a couple of configurations such as the one found on the link below -->

and also a few others i found on stack-overflow. But all don’t seem to be working.

Is there an actual means to load webpages without their extensions showing?

P.S I’m a newbie to nginx Thank you.


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Hi @mxwlljr,

I think what you are looking for is the following

try_files $uri $uri/ $uri.html @extensionless =404;

Another possibility is @extensionless. @extensionless is treated like a normal file, and that’s because you’ve added an extra =404 after @extensionless within try_files – the @extensionless part would only work as the last parameter as an internal redirect to another context.

If you want not only to support handing requests without .html, but to also strip .php from any requests, you might want to do the following:

location / {
    if (-e $request_filename.html){
        rewrite ^/(.*)$ /$1.html;
location ~ \.html$ {
    if ($request_uri ~ ^/([^?]*)\.html(\?.*)?$) {
        return 302 /$1$2;

Regards, KFSys