I'm currently having a lots of difficulties trying to play with socket.io which needs websockets support from the server (reverse-proxying).

I was wondering, is there any other web servers out there that supports websockets?

The errors I'm having with nginx:

2012/05/22 02:19:34 [error] 28159#0: *5 connect() failed (111: Connection refused) while connecting to upstream, 
client: my.ip.ad.dr,
server: localhost,
request: "GET /socket.io/1/?t=1337653158192 HTTP/1.1", 
upstream: "", 
host: "lifestore.brainpad.org", referrer: "http://mywebad.dr/"
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    Websockets are not currently supported by Nginx (even though v1.2 implements HTTP/1.1) They are on the roadmap for Nginx 1.3. You may have some luck with the tcp-proxy-module or node-http-proxy. Personally, I place Varnish in front of Nginx and have it proxy Websocket requests directly to Node.js (HAProxy should also work). – cyberx86 May 22 '12 at 4:08

nginx doesn't natively support websockets. Looks like there is a tcp proxy module that can be compiled into nginx to do this.


But a few other discussions(here and on SO) seem to indicate that one would go down to node.js directly.

Given that you're using socket.io, I suspect you're already using node.js on the backend. Also, this blog post by the trello team is rather informative. http://blog.fogcreek.com/the-trello-tech-stack/

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  • Thanks! That post you have is very informative and gave me even more ideas for my project! – Tommy B. May 22 '12 at 11:50

nginx has support for proxying WebSockets since version 1.3.13.

The only thing I've found so far that could conceivably be called documentation is this commit message.

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