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mod_cloudflare for Apache

Copyright CloudFlare Inc. 2013


Based on mod_remoteip.c, this Apache extension will replace the remote_ip variable in user's logs with the correct remote IP sent from CloudFlare. The module only performs the IP substitution for requests originating from CloudFlare IPs by default.

To install, follow the instructions on:

No further configuration is needed. However, if you wish to override the default values, the following directives are exposed:


This specifies the header which contains the original IP. Default:

CloudFlareRemoteIPHeader CF-Connecting-IP


This is the IP range from which we will allow the CloudFlareRemoteIPHeader to be used from. See here for a complete list.

Note that on some systems, you may have to add a LoadModule directive manually. This should look like:

LoadModule cloudflare_module /usr/lib/apache2/modules/

Replace /usr/lib/apache2/modules/ with the path to on your system.


  • If mod_cloudflare and mod_remoteip are enabled on the same web server, the server will crash if they both try to set the remote IP to a different value.
  • Enabling mod_cloudflare will not effect the performance of Apache in any noticeable manner. AB testing both over LAN and WAN show no equivalent numbers with and without mod_cloudflare.
  • If you like, you may also add the directive DenyAllButCloudFlare. This will result in all requests from IPs which are not in the CloudFlareRemoteIPTrustedProxy range being denied with a status of 403.
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