How to serve all existing static files directly with NGINX, but proxy other requests to jetty?

Francis Daly francis at
Tue Nov 18 20:53:39 UTC 2014

On Tue, Nov 18, 2014 at 10:05:26AM -0500, AlexLuya wrote:

Hi there,

> I want to nginx to serve all static files that have been put at
> directories:js,images,html,and proxy other requests to jetty,I have tried:
> location ~ ^/test/(.*)\.  
> (jpg|jpeg|gif|png|js|ico|css|zip|tgz|gz|rar|bz2|pdf|txt|tar|wav|bmp|rtf|js|flv|swf|html|htm)$
> {
>     root  /ngixRoot/test;
> }

That says that if you request /test/file.jpg, nginx should send the
file /ngixRoot/test/test/file.jpg.

What response do you get?

What does the log file say is happening?

> After a squence of Q&A,I was told that "try_files" is  another option(not
> sure which one is more propriate for my use case ),then after googling and
> reading,I tried this:
> location ~ ^/test/$ {       
>    try_files $uri $uri/ @jetty
> } 


> but get "403 forbidden" error,so please tell me what I did wrong?Thanks.

What request did you make, to get the 403 response? What response did
you want to get? What does the log file say about that request?

>From your mail, it is not clear to me exactly what you want.

Possibly something like

  root /nginxRoot/;
  location /test/js/ {}
  location /test/html/ {}
  location /test/images/ {}
  location / {
    proxy_pass http://jetty;
    # and whatever else is involved in jetty configuration

would come close?

If not, it might be helpful if you can describe what response you
want from a request for /test/js/file.js and for /test/js/missing.js,
for example. (Or have I misunderstood, and you actually care about
requests like /js/file.js?)

Francis Daly        francis at

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