I created one Nginx with one Linux Azure VM, is it possible to make nginx listen to different ports so that when I change the port number, the content would be different. I found there would be a collision if I created two or more ports related to HTTP on VM. Can anyone help me with that?

2 Answers 2


Yes, it is.

What you probably want is multiple "server" stanzas, each with a different port, but possibly (probably?) the same server_name, serving the "different" content appropriately within each one, maybe with a different document root in each server.

Full documentation is here: http://nginx.org/en/docs/http/server_names.html


server {
    listen       80;
    server_name  example.org  www.example.org;
    root         /var/www/port80/

server {
    listen       81;
    server_name  example.org  www.example.org;
    root         /var/www/port81/
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    It's annoying that one can't do listen 80 81; isn't it? Oh well... Nov 27, 2015 at 13:41
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    @MattFletcher It is possible to do something similar, see Felix's comment: serverfault.com/a/755791/308219
    – PaulMest
    Nov 1, 2016 at 18:36
  • I have to do this with IP address instead of domain name, I have created 2 files in sites-available but it is not working in my case.
    – Muhammad
    Dec 27, 2019 at 6:07
  • is "server_name" required?
    – red888
    Jun 2, 2020 at 20:39
  • /var/www/port80 would mean example.com/port80 right?
    – Crupeng
    Jun 28, 2021 at 15:03

You can also do the following:

server {
    listen 80;
    listen 8000;
    server_name example.org;
    root /var/www/;
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    This is great. In particular, being able to change the server config in only one server context seems far superior than risking changing one and leaving the other unchanged... Jul 2, 2018 at 22:56
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    This does not answer the question asked by @billcyz. He asked for different ports and different content. This answer gives different ports with the same content. Aug 24, 2018 at 3:26
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    @Krishnendu: "much more convenient"? more convenient than what? This doesn't answer the OP question. In that case, both :80 and :8000 point to same content. OP asked explicitly "when I change the port number, the content would be different". So, post from Craig Miskell answers much better to the question than this one
    – cedbeu
    Oct 3, 2018 at 6:56
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    @cedbeu: Yes you are right in context of the question asked Craig Miskell answer is more appropriate. I was looking for the other solution where I need to serve same content on multiple port, this was the exactly what I needed. Again for given question asked other ans is more appropriate, Sorry if I mislead some one, It was a honest mistake from my side.
    – Krishnendu
    Oct 4, 2018 at 9:05
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    The specific question was to serve different content on different ports, this answer does not achieve that.
    – Brunis
    Dec 6, 2019 at 12:35

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