AWS Elastic Beanstalk
Developer Guide (API Version 2010-12-01)

Configuring the Proxy Server

The Node.js platform uses a reverse proxy to relay requests from port 80 on the instance to your application listening on port 8081. Elastic Beanstalk provides a default proxy configuration that you can either extend or override completely with your own configuration.

To extend the default configuration, add .conf files to /etc/nginx/conf.d with a configuration file. See Terminating HTTPS on EC2 Instances Running Node.js for an example.

The Node.js platform sets the PORT environment variable to the port to which the proxy server passes traffic. Read this variable in your code to configure your application's port.

    var port = process.env.PORT || 3000;

    var server = app.listen(port, function () {
        console.log('Server running at' + port + '/');

The default nginx configuration forwards traffic to an upstream server named nodejs at It is possible to remove the default configuration and provide your own in a configuration file.

Example .ebextensions/proxy.config

The following example removes the default configuration and adds a custom configuration that forwards traffic to port 5000 instead of 8081.

    mode: "000644"
    owner: root
    group: root
    content: |
      upstream nodejs {
        keepalive 256;

      server {
        listen 8080;

        if ($time_iso8601 ~ "^(\d{4})-(\d{2})-(\d{2})T(\d{2})") {
            set $year $1;
            set $month $2;
            set $day $3;
            set $hour $4;
        access_log /var/log/nginx/healthd/application.log.$year-$month-$day-$hour healthd;
        access_log  /var/log/nginx/access.log  main;

        location / {
            proxy_pass  http://nodejs;
            proxy_set_header   Connection "";
            proxy_http_version 1.1;
            proxy_set_header        Host            $host;
            proxy_set_header        X-Real-IP       $remote_addr;
            proxy_set_header        X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;

        gzip on;
        gzip_comp_level 4;
        gzip_types text/html text/plain text/css application/json application/x-javascript text/xml application/xml application/xml+rss text/javascript;

        location /static {
            alias /var/app/current/static;


    mode: "000755"
    owner: root
    group: root
    content: |
      #!/bin/bash -xe
      rm -f /etc/nginx/conf.d/00_elastic_beanstalk_proxy.conf
      service nginx stop 
      service nginx start

    command: "rm -f /tmp/deployment/config/#etc#nginx#conf.d#00_elastic_beanstalk_proxy.conf /etc/nginx/conf.d/00_elastic_beanstalk_proxy.conf"

The example configuration, /etc/nginx/conf.d/proxy.conf, uses the default configuration at /etc/nginx/conf.d/00_elastic_beanstalk_proxy.conf as a base to include the default server block with compression and log settings, and a static file mapping.

The removeconfig command removes the container's default configuration to make sure that the proxy server uses the custom configuration. Elastic Beanstalk recreates the default configuration during every configuration deployment. To account for that, the example adds a post-configuration-deployment hook, /opt/elasticbeanstalk/hooks/configdeploy/post/, which removes the default configuration and restarts the proxy server.


The default configuration may change in future versions of the Node.js platform. Use the latest version of the configuration as a base for your customizations to ensure compatibility.

If you override the default configuration, you must define any static file mappings and gzip compression, as the platform will not be able to apply the standard settings.