nginx HTTP authentication

  • Posted July 26, 2013

Hi, I’m trying to implement HTTP authentication as outlined in this article

I went through the early steps in the tutorial where it prompts you to create a password. That was fine. I then added the two auth_basic and auth_basic_user_file lines to the second location block in my nginx.conf (see below) and pushed it to my server (which necessarily restarts the server), but the http authentication isn’t happening. I can access my demo rails app without problem.

Any ideas what I might be doing wrong? Thanks if you can help

upstream unicorn { server unix:/tmp/unicorn.remotepg.sock fail_timeout=0; }

server { listen 80 default deferred;


root /home/michael/apps/remotepg/current/public;

location ^~ /assets/ { gzip_static on; expires max; add_header Cache-Control public; }

try_files $uri/index.html $uri @unicorn; location @unicorn { proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for; proxy_set_header Host $http_host; proxy_redirect off; proxy_pass http://unicorn; auth_basic “Restricted”; auth_basic_user_file /home/michael/apps/remotepg/current/public/.htpasswd; }

error_page 500 502 503 504 /500.html; client_max_body_size 4G; keepalive_timeout 10; }


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What’s the domain name?

thanks for the suggestion but it still doesn’t work.

Move these two lines <br> <br><pre>auth_basic “Restricted”; <br>auth_basic_user_file /home/michael/apps/remotepg/current/public/.htpasswd; </pre> <br> <br>inside a <pre> location / { <br>}</pre> block. Restart nginx, does that work?