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I am trying to separate our application server from our website gallery storage. I have an application server on and gallery server with all the images on . Now I want to make it so every time request comes into server with the ending of *.jpeg and/or beginning of, would get redirected to

I have checked a second server and it is working perfectly fine.

Now the on the 1st server i tried doing :

location /uploads {

but it doesn't seem to work.

Any1 has any experience with this kind of situation in Nginx ? Or could some1 point me to the right direction ? Much appreciated.

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Do you want to redirect the client, or do you want to transparently proxy their request? – Shane Madden Mar 8 '12 at 4:58
I want to redirect a client. Well the idea is that while client is browsing, the picture requests comes from different domain. Also id user is uploading pictures it uploads it to that domain. – Katafalkas Mar 8 '12 at 8:33
Is it basis of a load balancing I an talking about ? – Katafalkas Mar 8 '12 at 8:36

Sorry, I did not see your comment above. To make redirections on client-side this can be useful :

server {



    rewrite ^/uploads/(.*)$$1        permanent;
    rewrite ^/(.*)\.jpg$$1.jpg    permanent;



Nginx returns an 'HTTP 301 Moved permanently' response on every request that matches a rewrite pattern. This way the browser redirects to the new location (and is aware of), according to the content of the 'Location:' HTTP response header.

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Cheers, I will test it out maybe this weekend, will give you heads up when I get results – Katafalkas Mar 9 '12 at 14:06

You can resolve this by using a regular expression in the location block :

location ~ ^/uploads/|\.jpg$ {
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