I have a Ghost site at example.com and www.example.com (internally, it's running on port 2368). At the same time, I have a file named form.pdf and I want to make it available (view in browser, not to ask user to download) at:

  • example.com/form.pdf
  • www.example.com/form.pdf

With configuration below, it only works if it contains trailing slash after the .pdf extension like so:

  • example.com/form.pdf/
  • www.example.com/form.pdf/

PDF file path:


Config file path:


Config file:

server {
    listen 80 default_server;
    listen [::]:80 default_server ipv6only=on;

    server_name 123.45.678.901 localhost example.com *.example.com;

    root /usr/share/nginx/html;
    index index.html index.htm;

    client_max_body_size 100M;

    location "/form.pdf" {
        alias /var/www/ghost/pdfs;
        index form.pdf;

    location / {
        proxy_pass http://localhost:2368;
        proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;
        proxy_set_header Host $http_host;
        proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-Proto $scheme;
        proxy_buffering off;

When I remove the trailing slash after the .pdf extension, I got 404 error.


How to correctly configure Nginx to make it work without the trailing slash at the end?

1 Answer 1


You have a file located at /var/www/ghost/pdfs/form.pdf that you would like to access using the URI /form.pdf. The obvious answer is to set the root to /var/www/ghost/pdfs. See this document for details.

Your current attempt with the alias directive is relying on the index directive to return the file. The actual URI being returned is /form.pdf/form.pdf, but Nginx appends the value of the index directive when a URI ends with /. See this document for details.

So the correct solution to return a single URI at a specific location is:

location = /form.pdf { root /var/www/ghost/pdfs; }

See this document for details.


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