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I'd like to have a shared 404 page to use across my virtual hosts. The following is my setup.

Two sites, each with their own config file in /sites-available/ and /sites-enabled/


The www directory is set up as:


Both config files in /sites-available are the same except for the root and server name:

root /var/www/;
index index.html index.htm index.php;


location / {
    try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php;
error_page 404 /404.html;
location = /404.html {
    root /var/www/shared;

I've tried the above code and also tried setting error_page 404 /var/www/shared/404.html (without the following location block).

I've also double checked to make sure my permissions are set to 775 for all folders and files in www.

When I try to access a non-existent page, Nginx serves the respective index.php of the virtual host I'm trying to access.

Can anyone point out what I'm doing wrong? Thanks!

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Not sure I understand. Is there something wrong with the try_files line? It should only serve index.php if I try to visit a directory. If I try to visit, it shouldn't return index.php. If I remove the last location block after error_page and move 404.html into one of the site folders, it correctly return the 404 page. –  Choy Sep 9 '12 at 15:27
Note that you can specify an HTTP status code as the last argument to try_file since Nginx version 0.7.51. –  quanta Sep 9 '12 at 15:43
But that would conflict with the index.php catch so if someone tried to visit they'd either get the a 404 page or index.php with a 404 code. –  Choy Sep 9 '12 at 15:53
Have you tried this yet? –  quanta Sep 9 '12 at 15:55

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up vote 1 down vote accepted

How about this?

location / {
    try_files $uri $uri/ =404;
error_page 404 /404.html;
location = /404.html {
    root /var/www/shared;
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Bingo! Thanks for the actual example code. –  Choy Sep 9 '12 at 16:39

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