Nginx redirect www to non www domain

January 25, 2012
web

I've been playing around with Nginx web server over the past few days, its a great light weight web server, ideal for VPS's or smaller Amazon EC2 instances where resources are not as abundant.

One thing I like about nginx so far is the configuration, while I haven't had to do anything overly complex with it yet, it does seam to be quite flexible.

Here's a quick example of redirecting a www domain to the non www version:

server {
   listen 80;
   server_name www.example.com;
   rewrite ^ http://example.com/ permanent;
}

Note that's just one way of doing it, by creating a new virtual server for the non-www hostname and redirecting all requests. You can also do this from within your main server declaration, eg:

server {
   listen 80
   root /web/root/;
   if ($host != 'example.com') {
      rewrite ^ http://example.com/ permanent;
   }
}

I like the first method better, but this just goes to show how flexible the configuration is for nginx


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@VBart - very nice example thanks for posting.

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