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IIS ARR Reverse Proxy

Chocobo1 edited this page May 1, 2024 · 9 revisions

For users that run qBittorrent via Microsoft IIS as a reverse proxy some extra headers are needed. You must install the URL Rewrite and Application Request Routing addons first. Reverse proxy support will be enabled when creating the first rule.

  1. In the IIS Manager, Click on the machine name to view general configuration options

  2. Click on Application Request Routing Cache

  3. On the Right hand side, Click on Server Proxy Setting, then tick the Enable Proxy box

  4. Create a new site that will handle the reverse proxy requests

  5. Select the site and then open URL Rewrite

  6. On the right hand side, open View Server Variables

  7. Click Add and in the box that appears enter HTTP_X-Forwarded-Host

  8. Repeat this for HTTP_X-Forwarded-For and RESPONSE_Set_Cookie

  9. Return to the rules page

  10. Open Add Rules and select Reverse Proxy

  11. Enter the server IP:Port without http:// (for example, then click OK

  12. Open the new rule and change the path to a subdirectory if needed (for example qbweb/(.*) = http://domain.tld/qbweb/)

  13. Under Server Variables add the following rules:

    Server variable name Value
    HTTP_X-Forwarded-Host {HTTP_HOST}:{SERVER_PORT}
    HTTP_X-Forwarded-For {REMOTE_ADDR}
  14. Apply and return to the rules page

  15. Open Add Rules and select Blank rule under Outbound rules

  16. Enter the name Update Cookie Path

  17. Change Matching scope to Server Variable

  18. Enter the variable name RESPONSE_Set_Cookie

  19. Enter the pattern ^(.*; path=/)$

  20. Under Action Properties enter the value {R:1}; Secure

  21. Apply

The result should look similar to this in your web.config (Note: you must use the GUI first so reverse proxy support is enabled in IIS):

                <rule name="Reverse Proxy">
                    <match url="qbweb/(.*)" />
                    <action type="Rewrite" url="{R:1}" />
                        <set name="HTTP_X-Forwarded-Host" value="{HTTP_HOST}:{SERVER_PORT}" />
                        <set name="HTTP_X-Forwarded-For" value="{REMOTE_ADDR}" />
                <rule name="Update Cookie Path">
                    <match serverVariable="RESPONSE_Set_Cookie" pattern="^(.*; path=/)$" negate="false" />
                    <action type="Rewrite" value="{R:1}; Secure" />

Additionally you must untick Enable Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) protection in qBittorrent's Web UI options for the reverse proxy to work.

You can use HTTPS to access the URL via IIS and it will use HTTP to communicate with qBittorrent. There is no need for HTTPS on localhost.

Note: If you find yourself seeing WebAPI login failure. Reason: IP has been banned, IP: and needing to restart qBittorrent, you may want to set the ban after failure count to 0 which will disable it.

This tutorial is based on the assistance of Chocobo1 in this thread and in this thread for version 3.3.13 onwards.



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