Configuring Nginx for React Router

This is a quick note on configuring Nginx to correctly proxy requests when using React router.

In the last couple of posts I’ve written about hosting a static SPA in an Nginx Docker container. If you are using React router, there is some additional config that you need to add to make it work when a user bookmarks a route or refreshes a page on a given route.

server {
  listen       80;
  location / {
    root   /usr/share/nginx/html;
    index  index.html index.htm;
    try_files $uri $uri/ /index.html =404;

This is a sample Nginx config that will work. The important line is the try_files entry.

In order to add this into the Nginx container add the following line to the Dockerfile:

COPY ./config/nginx/nginx.conf /etc/nginx/conf.d/default.conf

This will then be picked up when the container starts.

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