Nginx Map Module Help

Merlin merlin at
Thu Mar 19 22:14:26 MSK 2009

I think it simply references the include support in nginx core:

It means you can have files that contain the map directives and use include
to include them into your configuration as needed.

- Merlin

On Thu, Mar 19, 2009 at 11:18 AM, Resi Cow <resicow at> wrote:

> Hello,
> I am looking at using Nginx and specifically the Map Module.
> I have used the rewrite map stuff in Apache, and I know in Apache you can
> load a key / value pair list from a text file. I had assumed looking at the
> examples on the Wiki that the values needed to be included with the
> configuration, but then I noticed that at the end of the Wiki page on the
> Nginx Map Module there was this:
> include — the maps will be included from a file, or even from multiple
> files when using wildcards.
> How does this work? I was hoping someone with some experience can elaborate
> on this feature, as I was unable to find additional information on this.
> 1) So can the values actually be pulled from a file instead?
> 2) What type of file, what format?
> 3) If the map file is updated, does Nginx need to be restarted for the
> changes to take effect?
> I apologize if these questions have already been answered somewhere, I
> searched and searched and only found that single reference to the "include"
> support in the Map Module.
> Thanks,
> John
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