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I find myself needing to limit the number of requests a particular IP can send for a particular URI (e.g. while leaving the rest of the site unregulated.

How would I configure that using the HttpLimitReqModule built into Nginx?

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Here's how it is done on one of my sites. First, we use geo module to define a variable that be used to identify limited addresses:

geo $slow {
    default 0;
    include /etc/nginx/conf.d/slowlist;

The slowlist file is like this:  1;  1;

and so on (IP addresses are just examples, of course). Then we define speed limits:

limit_req_zone $binary_remote_addr zone=fast:1m rate=1000r/s;
limit_req_zone $binary_remote_addr zone=slow:10m rate=20r/m;

Now we have to assign req_zones to every IP address. Inside the necessary location, we check the variable $slow, and if equals 1, we redirect to location @slow (using fictitious error 555):

recursive_error_pages on;
error_page 555 = @slow;
if ($slow = 1) {
    return 555;
limit_req zone=fast burst=10000 nodelay;

Then normal rules follow, including root, index, fastcgi*, whatever. Limit zone 'fast' will be used here. And, finally, we define location @slow, where limit zone 'slow' will be used:

location @slow {
    limit_req zone=slow burst=5 nodelay;

Then normal rules follow, including root, index, fastcgi*, whatever.

So, usual requests are processed in the normal location, but all others are redirected to the location @slow.

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You need to add a

location /somewhere/special {

where you configure your limits with HttpLimitReqModule or HttpLimitZoneModule modules.

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What if the location is in the middle of the URL like I want to filter on "filter", so would I put /filter/ in the location? – QWade Dec 15 '11 at 3:31
You may define required location with regex – ghloogh Dec 15 '11 at 12:02

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