Still pretty new to nginx here, trying to get a simple rewrite to work, but the server just responds '404 not found'

My server block

server {
listen   80;
listen   [::]:80;

server_name pics.example.com;
root /home/pics;

rewrite ^(.*)$ index.php?tag=$1;

location / {

    try_files $uri $uri/ $uri.php /index.html $uri =404;
    #try_files $uri =404;

    fastcgi_split_path_info ^([a-z]+)(/.+)$;
    include fastcgi_params;
        fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;
    fastcgi_pass unix:/tmp/php5-fpm.sock;
    fastcgi_index index.php;

location /doc/ {
    alias /usr/share/doc/;
    autoindex on;
    deny all;

pics.example.com/foobear should rewrite to pics.example.com/index.php?tag=foobear

1 Answer 1


Remove the rewrite and replace the try_files line with the following:

try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php?tag=$uri&$args;

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