Configuring Nginx & CodeIgniter with Rewrite Rules

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I’ve recently begun working with Nginx as we’re finally moving off of Apache in our infrastructure. The first thing I noticed is documentation for various types of configurations is a bit sporadic. A lot is outdated and many don’t use best practices.

The first application I’m working on is a CodeIgniter-based PHP site which needs a few rewrite rules to function properly. I dug up this tutorial but it unfortunately uses a lot of if statements which I quickly learned are evil in Nginx.

Below is the configuration that I’ve settled upon (for now) which takes into account some best practices including:

  • uses php-fpm for the upstream server via a unix socket
  • redirects all traffic to
  • passes all requests under the root to the front-controller as long as they don’t exist (allows nginx to directly serve static files)
  • prevents uncontrolled requests from being passed to php
  • prevents…

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