How to Map URL to Different Path In Nginx

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Nginx is a web server that can also be used as a reverse proxy, load balancer, mail proxy and HTTP cache. The software was created by Igor Sysoev and publicly released in 2004. Nginx is free and open-source software, released under the terms of the 2-clause BSD license.

How to map a sub URL to a different directory path in the file system. The Nginx users can achieve this by using the “location” block in the configuration file. The location specifies a regular expression for the URL the browser requests. Under the location code block, we can specify the file system path with the ‘root’ or ‘alias’ option.

How to Map URL to Different Path In Nginx

You may use the alias directive within a location block, like this:

server {
    root /var/www/;
    location /static/ {
        alias /var/content/static/;

In the above configuration, the main site is configured with the /var/www/ directory. But the URL begins with “/static” will be served with “/var/content/static” directory. For example, A URL will point to /var/www/static/file.txt file.