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NOTICE: this project is no longer actively maintained

Heroku buildpack: nginx

This is a Heroku buildpack for nginx.


Example usage:

$ ls -R *
mime.types     nginx.conf.erb


$ heroku create --stack cedar --buildpack

$ git push heroku master
-----> Heroku receiving push
-----> Fetching custom buildpack... done
-----> Nginx app detected
-----> Fetching nginx binaries
-----> Vendoring nginx 1.0.11

The buildpack will detect your app as nginx if it has the file nginx.conf.erb in the conf directory. You must define all listen directives as listen <%= ENV['PORT'] %>; and also include daemon off; in order for this buildpack to work correctly.

As an alternative to the above instructions you may wish to investigate heroku-buildpack-multi in order to support more complex use-cases such as compiling a static site that is served by nginx or placing nginx in front of app server processes.


To modify this buildpack, fork it on Github. Push up changes to your fork, then create a test app with --buildpack <your-github-url> and push to it.

To change the vendored binaries for nginx use the helper script in the support/ subdirectory. You may wish to edit the helper script to modify the nginx build options to suit your needs. You'll need an S3-enabled AWS account and a bucket to store your binaries in.

For example, you can change the vendored version of nginx to 1.0.12.

First you'll need to build a Heroku-compatible version of nginx:

$  export AWS_ID=xxx AWS_SECRET=yyy S3_BUCKET=zzz
$ s3 create $S3_BUCKET
$ support/package_nginx 1.0.12 8.30

The first argument to the package_nginx script is the nginx version. The second argument is the version of PCRE to compile nginx against.

Open bin/compile in your editor, and change the following lines:


Commit and push the changes to your buildpack to your Github fork, then push your sample app to Heroku to test. You should see:

-----> Vendoring nginx 1.0.12
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