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MasterProxy

Proxies requests to Web apps that are part of the platform. Useful for Gigalixir, Render or Heroku deployment when only one web port is exposed.

Works with Phoenix Endpoints, Plugs and WebSockets.

This application is based on the master_proxy application inside the acme_bank project, which was based on a gist shared by Gazler.

Installation

Add master_proxy to your list of dependencies in mix.exs.

Note: if you are running an umbrella project, adding MasterProxy as a dependency at the root mix.exs won't work. Instead, either add it to one of your child apps or create a new child app solely for the proxy.

def deps do
  [
    {:master_proxy, "~> 0.1"}
  ]
end

Configure how MasterProxy should route requests by adding something like this in config.exs.

config :master_proxy, 
  # any Cowboy options are allowed
  http: [:inet6, port: 4080],
  https: [:inet6, port: 4443],
  backends: [
    %{
      host: ~r/localhost/,
      phoenix_endpoint: MyAppWeb.Endpoint
    },
    %{
      verb: ~r/get/i,
      path: ~r{^/master-proxy-plug-test$},
      plug: MasterProxy.Plug.Test,
      opts: [1, 2, 3]
    }
  ]

For further configuration examples, see below.

To avoid the platform routing requests directly to your Web apps' Endpoints, and thus bypassing the Endpoint on which MasterProxy is running, you can configure your other Web apps' Endpoints to not start a server in your production config.

# An Endpoint on which MasterProxy is not running
config :my_app_web, MyAppWeb.Endpoint,
  # ...
  server: false

How does proxying work?

  1. We start a Cowboy server with a single dispatch handler: MasterProxy.Cowboy2Handler.
  2. The handler checks the verb, host and path of the request, and compares them to the supplied configuration to determine where to route the request.
    1. If the backend that matched is a phoenix_endpoint, MasterProxy delegates to the Phoenix.Endpoint.Cowboy2Handler with your app's Endpoint.
    2. If the backend that matched is a plug, MasterProxy simply calls the plug as normal.
    3. If no backend is matched, a text response with a status code of 404 is returned.

Development

mix run --no-halt
curl -i foo.com.127.0.0.1.xip.io:4080 
curl -i localhost:4080

Configuration examples

Route requests to apps based on hostname

config :master_proxy,
  http: [port: 80],
  backends: [
    %{
      host: ~r{^app-name\.gigalixirapp\.com$},
      phoenix_endpoint: MyAppWeb.Endpoint
    },
    %{
      host: ~r{^www\.example\.com$},
      phoenix_endpoint: MyAppWeb.Endpoint
    },
    %{
      host: ~r{^api\.example\.com$},
      phoenix_endpoint: MyAppApiWeb.Endpoint
    },
    %{
      host: ~r{^members\.example\.com$},
      phoenix_endpoint: MyAppMembersWeb.Endpoint
    }
  ]
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