Forwarding to upstream server at port specified in url query paramter

dakun nginx-forum at
Wed Mar 6 00:51:47 UTC 2013

I am trying to use the HttpProxyModule to forward traffic to an upstream
server. The incoming request will be like: 

where p=1234 indicates the upstream port to use.  

For this example I would want to forward to 
How can I achieve this?

I have experimented with regex and rewrites but was unsuccessful mainly
because regex on "location" directive does not apply to url parameters.  And
rewrites do not allow me to change the outgoing port number.

I had also tried to use 

        if ($args ~ "p=(\d+)") {
              set $port $1;
              rewrite ^ ??????

But I ended up with either a browser redirect which is not desirable, or I
ended up sending traffic to local file which does not exist.

Unfortunately I cannot change the incoming request to include '1234' as part
of path, e.g.  I have no control of that.

I am using nginx 1.3.13 with websocket support.

Thanks in advance for any help.

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