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I haven't found any way to configure 404 errors to redirect to an external URL like http://google.com.

I have found ways to redirect to another page like /404.html, but not an external URL.

For instance, I would like to redirect any 403 or 404 errors to http://google.com. Is this possible?

Thank you for help.

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Inside your server http { ... } block in nginx.conf you can add:

error_page 404 /example.com.404.html;

location = /example.com.404.html {
  root    html;
  allow   all;
  index   example.com.404.html
  rewrite ^ $scheme://www.someothersite.com$request_uri permanent;
}
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  • i have added this block directly in my server block but apparently there is no redirection, can you explain me how it works plz, this may work ? error_page 404 /40x.html; location = /40x.html { root html; rewrite ^(.*) google.com permanent; } – WhatsUp Jan 27 '14 at 9:29
  • You should include your domain on the error page's path, so you now have a location block for your website, then a separate location for each 40x error type you wish to redirect. – Richard Jan 29 '14 at 14:48
  • The actual path should be different. I could have /home/richard/public_html as root for my website and /home/richard/public_html/errors for 40x's. Specify the error page html as the index page to redirect from within the new location block. – Richard Jan 29 '14 at 14:50
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Add redirect javascript code to your 404.html page so that whenever your error page loads it redirects to the mentioned target website.

<script type='text/javascript'>
top.location.href = 'http://www.your_target_site.com';

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  • I have a meta redirection in 404.html but it s very slow to do redirection, i think there is a mean to do this redirection in the nginx.conf – WhatsUp Jan 24 '14 at 15:51

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