Nginx Force (Redirect) WWW.Domain.COM To Domain.COM

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I know how to force and redirect to under Lighttpd web server. How do I force nginx web server to redirect to

You can easily redirect www to nowww domain for SEO and other purposes using the following syntax. Edit nginx.conf file, enter:
# vi /usr/local/nginx/conf/nginx.conf
To force to, enter:


### redirect www to nowww with client code 301 ###
      if ($host = '' ) {
         rewrite  ^/(.*)$$1  permanent;

Save and close the file. Test and reload nginx webserver, enter:
# /usr/local/nginx/sbin/nginx -s reload
Fire a webbrowser and type the url:
It should be redirected to


Posted by: Vivek Gite

The author is the creator of nixCraft and a seasoned sysadmin, DevOps engineer, and a trainer for the Linux operating system/Unix shell scripting. Get the latest tutorials on SysAdmin, Linux/Unix and open source topics via RSS/XML feed or weekly email newsletter.

8 comment

  1. out of interest, Vivek ..


    /usr/local/nginx/sbin/nginx -s reload

    as opposed to:-

    /etc/init.d/nginx restart


    here’s the deal for redirecting to, say another site:-

    server {
    listen 80;
    rewrite ^/(.*)$1 permanent;

    like those penguins. looks like London :P

    Edited by admin – code tags added.

  2. @the_guv,

    reload will only load changed config option without disconnecting http clients. This is ideal for high traffic sites or reverse load balancers i.e. gracefully shutdown the old worker processes and reload changed config options. This is like sending HUP single to nginx.

    restart will restart the webserver, close & reopen log file and disconnect http clients. This is not ideal. However, I’ve not seen /etc/init.d/nginx SysV script. As most my installation are done using source code or custom build rpms.

    I suggest you take a look at the official page for more info for reload vs restart:

    Yes config can be different. My config make sure http client do not get into any loop with if conditional.


  3. I appreciate that, Vivek .. and that link which I’d not seen.

    .. think I’d best reconsider one or two commands on some Nginx tuts I’ve written up then!

    Would like very much your opinion if you’ve the time, sometime. It is running at about 40 parts so far but then again there’s a detailed index to pin down anything of interest:-

    Set Up an Unmanaged VPS (4 Newbies) .. The V-P-S Bible

    .. I know that sounds a bit spammy. Genuinely good to build bridges with Nginx community members tho.

    Great content you have here. I’ve skulked around this site quite a bit in the last year or so. Thank you.

  4. Generic version:

    if ($host ~* www\.(.*)) {
      rewrite ^(.*)$ $scheme://$host_without_www$1 permanent;
  5. i need to redirect to new domain and my directory structure is change totaly so no logic behind now i want to one to one mapping how can achieve this

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