Remove index.html from URL

May 3, 2015 3.4k views
LEMP Nginx


I'm setting up a new site with nginx and stumbled upon a problem with the url on the frontpage. When I go into my site (for example) then it opens

I would like to remove index and only have it at

I have successfully removed .html extension on pages ( -> but can't figure out how I can go from ( ->

This is how my server is configured:

server {
listen 80 defaultserver;
listen [::]:80 default
server ipv6only=on;
root /usr/share/nginx/html;

# Make site accessible from http://localhost/

rewrite ^(/.+)\.html$ $scheme://$host$1 permanent;

location / {
    index  index.html;
    try_files $uri.html $uri $uri/ @handler;
    autoindex on;
2 Answers


The autoindex on; definition is more so meant to allow for directory listings in the event an index file is not found. This means that in the event index.html is not found, the entire directory contents will be exposed to the visitor. In most cases, this is viewed as a security risk and should only be on when other directories are locked down to prevent traversing, except to those you specifically allow.

The index definition should ideally be moved to nginx.conf under http { }.

As an example, here's a quick reference for http { } and a server { } block:

    index        index.php index.html;

    #+ Additional Configuration ....
    #+ ....
    #+ ....
    #+ .... etc

    listen       [port];
    server_name  [domain.ext] [www.domain.ext];

    root         [/path/to/content/dir];

    error_log    [/path/to/error.log];
    access_log   [/path/to/access.log];

    location / {
        try_files  $uri  $uri/  index.php;
        #+ or, for HTML instead of PHP
        #+ try_files  $uri  $uri/  index.html;
  • Hello!

    I almost got that setup (except from my new location) which is:
    location / {
    try_files $uri.html $uri $uri/ @handler;

    If I use:
    location / {
    try_files $uri $uri/ index.html;

    I'll get a 404. Can't seem to get rid of the

    If i do a 301 redirect like this:

    location /index {
    return 301;

    my browser says that it can't reach it because of to many redirects

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