[IE] Can Nginx used as a reverse proxy send HTTP(s) requests through a forward proxy ?

Jason Whittington Jason.Whittington at equifax.com
Thu Dec 7 18:02:44 UTC 2017

Are you trying to do  something like this?

server foo {
   listen 443 ssl;

  ...other settings elided...

   location /foo/ {

If https://external_site/ traverses a proxy then the answer is “no” – nginx can’t deal with proxy situations where it has to issue HTTP CONNECT.  I don’t know much about squid but I expect you’ll have the same problem.  You’ll see that requests will just …fail.

I got around it by creating a little node.js app to fetch the external resource from external_site and pointed nginx at the node app.  Feels like a bit of a hack but it works well enough.  Incidentally I found pm2 to be a really nice container to turn 50 lines of js into a decent service that runs as a non-privileged user, starts on boot, restarts automatically on exception, logs, etc. etc.


From: nginx [mailto:nginx-bounces at nginx.org] On Behalf Of Nicolas Legroux
Sent: Wednesday, December 06, 2017 4:48 PM
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Subject: [IE] Can Nginx used as a reverse proxy send HTTP(s) requests through a forward proxy ?


I'm wondering if it's possible to do what's described in the mail subject ?
I've had a look through Internet and docs but haven't been able to figure it out. The question is similar to the one that's asked here : https://stackoverflow.com/questions/45900356/how-to-configure-nginx-as-reverse-proxy-for-the-site-which-is-behind-squid-prox, but that thread doesn't provide an answer.
I've been able to do this with Apache and its ProxyRemote directive, but I can't figure out if this is doable with Nginx.




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