I am currently setting up a machine for local development using Vagrant. Everything runs as it should, expect query parameters aren't passed to PHP on subpages.

That means on www.example.com/?a=b, the query parameter is accessible, but on www.example.com/subpage/?a=b it's not.

The general reply I found using Google for this problem is to modify the try_files directive, but that isn't working for me. I've also checked the request_order & variables_order in php.ini – everything is setup correctly there.

This is my config:

 server {
     listen                80;
     server_name           example.com www.example.com;
     root                  /var/www/public;

     location / {
         index   index.html index.htm index.php;
         try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php?$query_string;
         include /etc/nginx/fastcgi_params;

     location ~ \.php$ {
         fastcgi_index index.php;
         fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME $request_filename;
         include /etc/nginx/fastcgi_params;

     sendfile off;

Since I don't know much about server setup & administration, I am hitting a brick wall here, still here are a few things I also checked:

  • $query_string is set in /etc/nginx/fastcgi_params as fastcgi_param QUERY_STRING $query_string; which seems correct to me.
  • The path to fastcgi_params is correct

Since it works when not being on a subpage, I am now suspecting the location blocks not matching, but I really don't understand how this could be the case – please help.

  • It's a long shot, but make sure you're not being redirected before you handle the request. You can easily see this in Chrome's DevTools Network tab, use Preserve log. – Dalibor Karlović Apr 25 '15 at 11:10
  • @DaliborKarlović Thanks for the suggestion – I checked & I am not being redirected. – Sven Apr 25 '15 at 11:24
  • Turning on debugging and watching the log would help. nginx.org/en/docs/debugging_log.html . Most distributions come with debugging pre-compiled. – Pothi Kalimuthu Apr 27 '15 at 2:10
  • Could you make this work? @Sven – elif Mar 7 '16 at 17:43

You need to use $is_args for question mark & $args or $query_string for query string afterwards question mark.

here it's the last combination.

try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php$is_args$query_string;

Also be sure that you have set

fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;
fastcgi_param SCRIPT_NAME $fastcgi_script_name;
fastcgi_split_path_info ^(.+\.php)(/.+)$;

then pass it fastcgi;

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  • check for $is_args in documentation. nginx.org/en/docs/http/ngx_http_core_module.html – risyasin Apr 25 '15 at 11:20
  • Cool, I think I understand. Still, query string are not present on subpages. – Sven Apr 25 '15 at 11:33
  • Man, $is_args$query_string saved my life for a query parameters in pages. Thanks a lot. – Francisco Nov 19 '16 at 5:05

A query string starts with a question mark.

Then set in the second block :

fastcgi_split_path_info ^(.+\.php)(/.+)$;
fastcgi_param PATH_INFO $fastcgi_path_info;
fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;

Remove include /etc/nginx/fastcgi_params; in the first block since you don't have any fastcgi_pass directive here.

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  • Do I need to put this in both location blocks? – Sven Apr 25 '15 at 11:12
  • @Sven Why would you put this in the first block ? There's no fastcgi_pass directive here. – Xavier Lucas Apr 25 '15 at 11:15
  • Okay I see. Unfortunately, it still doesn't work. Is the order of the directives in the location block important? – Sven Apr 25 '15 at 11:25
  • @Sven No it's not except if your include directive override a previous configuration line using the same directive. Can you clarify the it doesn't work ? This really seems to come from your app. Also make sure you are not hitting browser cache when testing. – Xavier Lucas Apr 25 '15 at 11:27
  • Okay, thanks. For clarification: _SERVER["QUERY_STRING"] is still empty on a subpage with query parameters present (example.com/subpage/?a=b). On example.com?a=b the query string is present in _SERVER["QUERY_STRING"]. Do I need to do something else that reloading Nginx for changes to take effect? – Sven Apr 25 '15 at 11:33

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