Configuring the proxy server - AWS Elastic Beanstalk

Configuring the proxy server

Elastic Beanstalk can use NGINX or Apache HTTPD as the reverse proxy to map your application to your Elastic Load Balancing load balancer on port 80. The default is NGINX. Elastic Beanstalk provides a default proxy configuration that you can either extend or completely override with your own configuration.

By default, Elastic Beanstalk configures the proxy to forward requests to your application on port 5000. You can override the default port by setting the PORT environment property to the port that your main application listens on.


The port that your application listens on doesn't affect the port that the NGINX server listens to receive requests from the load balancer.

Configuring the proxy server on your platform version

All AL2023/AL2 platforms support a uniform proxy configuration feature. For more information about configuring the proxy server on your platform versions running AL2023/AL2, expand the Reverse Proxy Configuration section in Extending Elastic Beanstalk Linux platforms.

If your Elastic Beanstalk Node.js environment uses an Amazon Linux AMI platform version (preceding Amazon Linux 2), read the information in this section.

  • The information in this topic only applies to platform branches based on Amazon Linux AMI (AL1). AL2023/AL2 platform branches are incompatible with previous Amazon Linux AMI (AL1) platform versions and require different configuration settings.

  • On July 18,2022, Elastic Beanstalk set the status of all platform branches based on Amazon Linux AMI (AL1) to retired. For more information about migrating to a current and fully supported Amazon Linux 2023 platform branch, see Migrating your Elastic Beanstalk Linux application to Amazon Linux 2023 or Amazon Linux 2.

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

To extend the default configuration, add .conf files to /etc/nginx/conf.d with a configuration file. For a specific example, see Terminating HTTPS on EC2 instances running Node.js.

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

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 that's named nodejs at It's 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.

files: /etc/nginx/conf.d/proxy.conf: mode: "000644" owner: root group: root content: | upstream nodejs { server; 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; } } /opt/elasticbeanstalk/hooks/configdeploy/post/ 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 container_commands: removeconfig: 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 default configuration for the container so that the proxy server uses the custom configuration. Elastic Beanstalk recreates the default configuration when each configuration is deployed. To account for this, in the following example, a post-configuration-deployment hook (/opt/elasticbeanstalk/hooks/configdeploy/post/ is added. This removes the default configuration and restarts the proxy server.


The default configuration might 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. This is because the platform can't apply the standard settings.