Question

Nginx seamless redirect, subdomain + subfolder

Hey,

I’ve been trying lately to do two things on my server:

  • Redirect the url
  • Rewrite the url

The server is running on nginx.

My domain (sub.domain.com) is set to get html files at the following root: /usr/share/nginx/html. The redirect works fine with this added to the /etc/nginx/nginx.conf file:

server {
    ...
    location = / {
        return 301 /folderone/foldertwo/;
    }
    ...
}

My problem comes when this happens. It logically redirects the user via a url redirect. So the browser is no longer showing sub.domain.com but sub.domain.com/folderone/foldertwo/, which makes perfect sense. Now what i’m trying to do is rewrite this url and remove those two folders from it to be back at sub.domain.com from a visual point of view.

I’ve tried several things, among:

  • Setting the root of the server directive at /usr/share/nginx/html/folderone/foldertwo
  • Adding rewrite ^/folderone/foldertwo/(.*) /$1; in the same location block as the return
  • Adding rewrite into another location block like so:
location = /folderone/foldertwo/ { rewrite... }
  • Adding a location block with a condition:
location / { 
if ($http_host ~ "^sub.domain.com"){ 
    rewrite ^(.*)$ http://sub.domain.com/folderone/foldertwo/$1 redirect; 
} 
}
  • Adding a specific location rewrite (which breaks it all):
location /issue {
rewrite ^/issue(.*) http://$server_name/shop/issues/custom_issue_name$1 permanent;
}

I’m wondering if this can be achieved since i’m trying to redirect to a specific folder and then almost “redirect” to the root.

If possible, should the rules be in the same server directive? Same location block? Is an alias the solution?

Thanks.


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Hi!

In this case, a simple rewrite rule will do.

server {
    ...
    rewrite ^/$ /folderone/foldertwo;
    ...
}

By default, rewrite performs the redirection internally without informing the user about it. As a result of that, the URL will stay as http://yourdomain.com/ while actually serving http://yourdomain.com/folderone/foldertwo. Keep in mind that any relative URLs will be relative to /, not /folderone/foldertwo.