I have an Apache based server running a number of sites along with the Virtualmin admin tool. I'd like to run HAproxy to direct one domain to a specific port (a Docker container) and everything else as usual (port 80) as there are several sites on this server.

Is this possible? Anyone got an example config I can work off please?


It's possible, but probably overkill for a single server. You can just create a ProxyPass directive in Apache for that domain.

<VirtualHost *:80>
  ServerName redirectedsite.example.com
  ProxyPreserveHost On
  ProxyPass /
  ProxyPassReverse /

HAProxy is designed as a fast load balancer for redundant websites behind it. I suppose that it can be used as a proxy/redirection tool for multiple single sites, but why? Use the right tool for the job.

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    Thanks. I am installing Discourse in the Docker container and read that I should avoid mod_proxy/Apache completely meta.discourse.org/t/… – A4J Jun 2 '15 at 16:37
  • Ah, in that case, then go for it. I'd suggest nginx over HAproxy for this instance though, for the same reasons. – Hyppy Jun 2 '15 at 16:42
  • I already have Apache on this server - can nginx coexist with it? – A4J Jun 2 '15 at 16:52
  • Sure, they just can't use the same port. Make Apache port 8081 or something, and proxy everything through nginx – Hyppy Jun 2 '15 at 16:57
  • Thanks. I'm going to stick with HAproxy as the server is running Virtualimin and it doesn't play nice with both Apache and Nginx from what I've read. Thanks for your help :-) – A4J Jun 3 '15 at 1:24

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