NGINX reverse proxy to Apache docker container

I’m trying to host several websites on my droplet. I’m to do that, I’m using NGINX (not container) as reverse proxy to Dockerized apps. One such app I’m using is the dockerized Mediawiki set to run on

Mediawiki container is based on php7.2-apache.

Nginx configuration :

server {

        listen 443 ssl;
        index index.php;


        ssl_stapling on;
        ssl_stapling_verify on;

        location / {
                proxy_set_header Host $host;
                proxy_set_header X-Real-IP $remote_addr;
                proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;

    ssl_certificate /etc/letsencrypt/live/; # managed by Certbot
    ssl_certificate_key /etc/letsencrypt/live/; # managed by Certbot

I run the application on port 8081, as can be seen by through docker ps -a

CONTAINER          IMAGE          PORTS
e40c9815d6cc      mediawiki -> 80/tcp

I can access, but it shows the default Apache Ubuntu default page. Accessing other pages and resources (index.php, /folder/index.php, images/pic.jpg) returns 404.

Testing the container with similar setup on my machine works. I think there maybe something up I didn’t get with the NGINX config.



Hello @aerlaut ,

You could fix the problem related to not access the pages?

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try to change file in var/www/html put your index.php there…

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I had the same issue not too long ago…

you don’t need to open or map 8081 to 80 port for access, just have 80 and 443 ports exposed inside container.

On your nginx container (if you are using docker-compose) add

- proxied_container

in your nginx.config

proxy_pass http://proxied_container:80;

This way nginx connects to container and its internal port and apache will handle everything else…

It’s simple. Just change the old configuration:


To this new one:


The reason is, between container and Nginx in host server can’t communicate with published port. It just can communicate with the target port. 8081:80 (8081 is published port and 80 is target port).

Let say you have 8081:443, you must create the configuration with proxy_pass; for Nginx listen to 443 port number. May this help.

Hi @aerlaut!

Perhaps proxy_pass should be:


From what I understand is that, you want NGINX to listen on any IP address and network device in your server, at port 8081, (listen on and reroute that request to your local docker container on port 8081 (send to

Additionally what does nginx´s error log contains?