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I am quite new to managing http server. How should I configure nginx to achieve behaviour like this: When there is a request for, nginx should serve index.html from /var/www/foo directory. When there is a request for, nginx should serve index.html from /var/www/bar directory.

The second part of URL (foo, bar) should not be hardcoded in nginx.conf, I need something like variable.

This is part of my nginx.conf, I tried something with variable in location section but I can't get this working.

server {

        #access_log  logs/localhost.access.log  main;

        location ~/(\d+) {
            root   /var/www/$1;
            index  index.html index.htm;
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You don't need to do anything special for this! Set root /var/www; and you're done. – Michael Hampton Apr 2 '14 at 19:37
This indeed works, however only if I call or How to get this working with my domain:, ? I tried putting server_name;, but didn't help. – user1091733 Apr 2 '14 at 20:47
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You just need to set the root folder to make things work as expected.

Setting this within server {...} directive is enough, no need to specify a sub location directive.

Like this :

server {
   root /var/www;
   index  index.html index.htm;

Then, just ensure you have index.html or index.htm in

  • /var/www/foo
  • /var/www/bar
  • /var/www/whateveryouwant
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Working great but only when URL is like this when I change the address to I get 403 Forbidden. Do you have any idea why this is happening? – user1091733 Apr 2 '14 at 21:55
@user1091733 Should not happens. Please can you update your question with your vhost config ? There is certainly a bad config somewhere. – krisFR Apr 2 '14 at 21:58
@user1091733 My idea is that DNS does not resolve with ip Check DNS resolution. – krisFR Apr 2 '14 at 22:08
Thank you for response. Weird thing - if i put index.html into /var/www and go to - I get the proper result. The problem appears only if I try to access index.html located in /var/www/foo by entering - then I get 403 Forbidden. My vhost config looks excatly like the one you posted in your answer. – user1091733 Apr 2 '14 at 22:42
@user1091733 It could be a permission issue. Check for the x bit for others on /var/www/foo folder : chmod o+x /var/www/foo – krisFR Apr 2 '14 at 22:48

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