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fastcgi proxies requests to a FastCGI server. Even though the most common use for this directive is to serve PHP sites, it is by default a generic FastCGI proxy. This directive may be used multiple times with different request paths.


fastcgi path endpoint [preset] {
  root     directory
  ext      extension
  split    splitval
  index    indexfile
  env      key value
  except   ignored_paths...
  upstream endpoint
  connect_timeout duration
  read_timeout    duration
  send_timeout    duration
  • path is the base path to match before the request will be forwarded.
  • endpoint is the address or Unix socket of the FastCGI server.
  • preset is an optional preset name (see below). You do not need to repeat a preset's individual settings when using a preset.
  • root specifies the root directory used by the FastCGI server if different from the root directory of the virtual host. Useful if the FastCGI server is on a different server, chroot-jailed, and/or containerized.
  • ext specifies the extension which, if the request URL has it, would proxy the request to FastCGI.
  • split specifies how to split the URL; the split value becomes the end of the first part and anything in the URL after it becomes part of the PATH_INFO CGI variable.
  • index specifies the default file to try if a file is not specified by the URL.
  • env sets an environment variable named key with the given value; the env property can be used multiple times and values may use request placeholders.
  • except is a list of space-separated request paths to be excepted from fastcgi processing, even if it matches the base path.
  • upstream specifies an additional backend to use. Basic load balancing will be performed. This can be specified multiple times.
  • connect_timeout is the time allowed for connecting to the backend. Must be a duration value (e.g. "10s"). Default 60s.
  • read_timeout is the time allowed to read a response from the backend. Must be a duration value. Default 60s.
  • send_timeout is the time allowed to send a request to the backend. Must be a duration value. Default 60s.

For HTTPS connections, the following environment variables are set, in a manner compliant with httpd's mod_ssl: HTTPS, SSL_PROTOCOL, and SSL_CIPHER.


A preset is shorthand for a certain FastCGI configuration. These presets are available:

  • php is shorthand for:

    ext   .php
    split .php
    index index.php

You do not need to specify the individual configuration settings for a preset. However, you can overwrite its individual settings if needed by declaring them manually.


Proxy all requests to a FastCGI responder listening at

fastcgi /

Forward all requests in /blog to a PHP site (like WordPress) being served with php-fpm:

fastcgi /blog/ php

With custom FastCGI configuration:

fastcgi / {
  split .html

With PHP preset, but overriding the ext property:

fastcgi / php {
  ext .html

With PHP preset, but the FastCGI server is running in a container based on an official Docker image (with container port 9000 published to

fastcgi / php {
  root /var/www/html