Nginx for django app and pelican website?

Following this great tutorial I was able to configure my website to run the django app I’m developing. Now what I’d like to do would be to set up NGINX and gunicorn to run my server like this: -> static webpage (pelican, bootstrap) -> Django app I’m developing

I did try this with no luck.

Any help, idea?

thanks a lot

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Andrew SB
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February 7, 2018
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Using two different Nginx server blocks would be the right approach if you are serving one of the sites from a different domain or sub-domain. If you’d like to serve the Django app from a sub-folder, you will need to make use of a location directive in the same server block.

The details may differ for your exact setup, but here is a basic example of serving a static site from the main domain and a Django project from a subfolder:

upstream app_server {
    server unix:/home/django/gunicorn.socket fail_timeout=0;

server {
    listen 80 default_server;
    listen [::]:80 default_server ipv6only=on;

    root /path/to/pelican/files;
    index index.html index.htm;

    client_max_body_size 4G;
    keepalive_timeout 5;

    location /app/static {
        alias /path/to/django/static/files;

    location /app/ {
            rewrite ^/app/(.*)$ /$1 break;
            proxy_set_header X-Script-Name /app;
            proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;
            proxy_set_header Host $host;
            proxy_redirect off;
            proxy_buffering off;

            proxy_pass http://app_server;

Two very important parts in the location directive that are specific to hosting from the subfolder are:

            rewrite ^/app/(.*)$ /$1 break;
            proxy_set_header X-Script-Name /app;

This ensures that the Django app will generate URLs with the correct prefix in the path (e.g. rather than

Hope that helps point you in the right direction!

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