Nginx server blocks processing order of priority

May 07, 2023 · 1 min read · Post a comment

In the previous post Multiple ways to test a Nginx location match I wrote about how to test the location match but here’s the thing. You need to know the order first before testing anything, right?!


  • Nginx


The processing order of priority when dealing with Nginx server blocks is the following one:

  1. The exact names being processed first.
  2. Longest wildcard names starting with an asterisk * e.g. *
  3. Longest wildcard names ending with an asterisk * e.g. preprod.*.
  4. First matching regular expression (in order of appearance in a config file).
  5. The default server block.

Official Nginx docs: Server names.


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