When using apache to reverse proxy, is it possible to forward http://somesite.com/ and http://somesite.com/foo to different servers? Say one goes to http://internalserver1/ and the other goes to http://internalserver2/foo

I can obviously just drop further down the path (ie http://somesite/bar) but its not desirable.

  • Take a look at Nginx as a reverse proxy over Apache, it's relatively new but has already surpassed LightHttp in use and it very fast and lightweight. Aug 6, 2009 at 18:02

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it seems that order of directives in your vhost is important. and yes - you can achieve what you need. i just run test for:

ProxyPass /q http://host.one.com/img/
ProxyPass / http://another.host/

and it worked fine - all requests [ except those directed to /q/something ] ware proxied to another.host. those for /q/whatever - went to host.one.com

  • hmm, this didnt work for me, i ended up with the same issue without order - all links went to (in your example) another.host did you include ProxyPassReverse?
    – Devnull
    Jul 22, 2009 at 21:05
  • @ANervousTwitch i'm sorry to hear it but this actually does work for me. no - i do not have ProxyPassReverse, only two lines for proxy: "ProxyPass /q stackoverflow.com" and "ProxyPass / serverfault.com" after that.
    – pQd
    Jul 22, 2009 at 21:19
  • @ANervousTwitch - i'm using apache 2.2.9-10 from debian.
    – pQd
    Jul 22, 2009 at 21:19
  • I agree that this should work.
    – radius
    Jul 22, 2009 at 22:58

You should be able to do this using mod_rewrite. It evaluates conditions in order and you can specify the [L] flag to make it stop processing further rules.

RewriteEngine On
RewriteRule /foo/(.*) http://internalserver2/foo/$1 [P,L]
RewriteRule /(.*)     http://internalserver/$1 [P]

Full mod_rewrite documentation is at http://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.2/mod/mod_rewrite.html

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