Byte-range request not possible for proxy_cache if origin doesn't return accept-ranges header

Lucas Rolff lucas at
Wed Nov 14 18:50:23 UTC 2018

Hi Roman,

I can confirm that indeed does fix the problem, thanks!

I do wonder though, why not let nginx make the decision instead of relying on what the origin sends or does not send?


On 14/11/2018, 17.36, "nginx on behalf of Roman Arutyunyan" <nginx-bounces at on behalf of arut at> wrote:

    On Wed, Nov 14, 2018 at 02:36:10PM +0000, Lucas Rolff wrote:
    > Hi guys,
    > I've been investigating why byte-range requests didn't work for files that are cached in nginx with proxy_cache, I'd simply do something like:
    > $ curl -r 0-1023
    > What would happen was that the full length of a file would be returned, despite being in the cache already (I know that the initial request, you can't seek into a file).
    > Now, after investigation, I compared it with another file that I knew worked fine, I looked in the file on disk, the only difference between the two files, was the fact that one cached file contained Accept-Ranges: bytes, and another didn't have it.
    > Investigating this, I tried to add the header Accept-Ranges: bytes on an origin server, and everything started to work from nginx as well.
    > Now, I understand that Accept-Ranges: bytes should be sent whenever a server supports byte-range requests.
    > I'd expect that after nginx has fetched the full file, that it would be perfectly capable of doing byte-range requests itself, but it seems like it's not a possibility.
    > I'm not really sure if this is a bug or not, but I do find it odd that the behavior is something like: "If origin does not understand byte-range requests, then I also shouldn't understand them".
    > Is there a way to solve this on the nginx side directly to "fix" origin servers that do not send an Accept-Ranges header, or is it something that could possibly be fixed in such a way that nginx doesn't "require" the cached file to contain the "Accept-Ranges: bytes" header, to be able to do range requests to it?
    The "proxy_force_ranges" directive enables byte ranges regardless of the
    Accept-Ranges header.
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