nginx as a forward proxy (kind of)

Francis Daly francis at
Wed Sep 17 07:23:04 UTC 2014

On Sun, Sep 14, 2014 at 12:28:30AM +0200, Sam J. wrote:

Hi there,

> I am very new to nginx and have a quick question.
> I am using nginx to basically redirect certain websites through another
> proxy. I am using DNS to resolve * to the  IP address of
> nginx server.
> I am able to get it to work with (see sample config
> below) but would like it to redirect any subdomain (wildcard) to
> corresponding subdomain. Any way to do this without having a similar
> config for each subdomain?

See the part mentioning variables.

Note that nginx is a reverse proxy, which pretty much means that you
control the upstream(s). It can act sort-of like a normal proxy in your
controlled environment; but if you want a proxy, get a proxy and you'll
be happier.

And because you use ssl, to keep the browser happy you will want to make
sure that your certificate fits whatever hostname the browser
requests. (Or configure the browser not to care about man-in-the-middle

Francis Daly        francis at

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