no live upstreams while connecting to upstream

Hi Guys,

no live upstreams while connecting to upstream - Really fed up from this error. any help would be really appreciated.

below is the file content of /etc/nginx/sites-available/

server {
        root /var/www/shopify/First/html;
        index index.html;
        location / {
                proxy_pass http://localhost:3000;
                proxy_http_version 1.1;
                proxy_set_header Upgrade $http_upgrade;
                proxy_set_header Connection 'upgrade';
                proxy_set_header Host $host;
                proxy_cache_bypass $http_upgrade;
    listen [::]:443 ssl ipv6only=on; # managed by Certbot
    listen 443 ssl; # managed by Certbot
    ssl_certificate /etc/letsencrypt/live/; # managed by Certbot
    ssl_certificate_key /etc/letsencrypt/live/; # managed by Certbot
    include /etc/letsencrypt/options-ssl-nginx.conf; # managed by Certbot
    ssl_dhparam /etc/letsencrypt/ssl-dhparams.pem; # managed by Certbot

server {
    if ($host = {
        return 301 https://$host$request_uri;
    } # managed by Certbot
    if ($host = {
        return 301 https://$host$request_uri;
    } # managed by Certbot
        listen 80;
        listen [::]:80;
        return 404; # managed by Certbot

It is working for IP address(but only index.html). Path for node js app is not opening for IP address.

node js app is working for localhost:3000

kindly help.

thanks in advance.

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August 31, 2023


The error usually indicates that Nginx is unable to send the request to the node.js server. Here are a few things to check:

  1. Make sure that your Node.js application is running correctly and accessible without any issues on localhost:3000.

  2. If you’re in a Docker environment, replace localhost with the name of your Node.js container.

  3. Add an additional line under your proxy_pass directive to handle proxy errors:

  1. proxy_next_upstream error timeout` `http_500 http_502 http_503 http_504;

You can find more about Nginx reverse proxy setup in our DigitalOcean tutorial:

Hope that this helps!

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August 28, 2023


The error # no live upstreams while connecting to upstream usually indicates an issue with the application rather than your Nginx configuration. Check your nodejs error logs to see what errors are displayed there and you’ll be able to track the issue.

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