# Nginx Proxying

As Strapi does not handle SSL directly and hosting a Node.js service on the "edge" network is not a secure solution it is recommended that you use some sort of proxy application such as Nginx, Apache, HAProxy, Traefik, or others. Below you will find some sample configurations for Nginx, naturally these configs may not suit all environments and you will likely need to adjust them to fit your needs.

# Configuration

The below configuration is based on Nginx virtual hosts, this means that you create configurations for each domain to allow serving multiple domains on the same port such as 80 (HTTP) or 443 (HTTPS). It also uses a central upstream file to store an alias to allow for easier management, load balancing, and failover in the case of clustering multiple Strapi deployments.

# Nginx Upstream

Upstream blocks are used to map an alias such as strapi to a specific URL such as localhost:1337. While it would be useful to define these in each virtual host file, Nginx currently doesn't support loading these within the virtual host if you have multiple virtual host files and instead you should configure these within the conf.d directory as this is loaded before any virtual host files.

In the below configuration we are mapping localhost:1337 to the Nginx alias strapi.

Path — /etc/nginx/conf.d/upstream.conf

# Strapi server
upstream strapi {

# Nginx Virtual Host

Virtual host files are what store the configuration for your specific app, service, or proxied service. For usage with Strapi this virtual host file is handling HTTPS connections and proxying them to Strapi running locally on the server. This configuration also redirects all HTTP requests to HTTPs using a 301 redirect.

In the below examples you will need to replace your domain and likewise your paths to SSL certificates will need to be changed based on where you place them or, if you are using Let's Encrypt, where your script places them. Please also note that while the path below shows sites-available you will need to symlink the file to sites-enabled in order for Nginx to enable the config.

Below are 3 example Nginx configurations:

  • Sub-domain based such as api.example.com
  • Sub-folder based with both the API and Admin on the same sub-folder such as example.com/api and example.com/api/admin
  • Sub-folder based with split API and Admin such as example.com/api and example.com/dashboard

# Strapi Server

In order to take full advantage of a proxied Strapi application you will need to configure Strapi to make it aware of the upstream proxy. Like with the above Nginx configurations there are 3 matching examples. To read more about this server configuration file please see the server configuration documentation.