Run Ruby on Rails App for the first time only with nginx

So I’m just lazy, I know there is better way to serve Ruby on Rails with unicorn or uWSGI, but I will try later.

This time I just want a have a quick look how’s the RoR running on the browser only with nginx, just a quick guide, no bullshit. so currently I have rails installed on my ubuntu machine 14.04 with mysql database configured and nginx. So make sure you have those things installed properly to follow this guide.

I usually create my local domain first to navigate it easier:

$ sudo echo -e "127.0.0.1\tmyapp.local" >> /etc/hosts

Create the nginx config for your web app :

$ sudo vim /etc/nginx/conf.d/myapp.conf

very simple myapp.conf looks like:

server {
 listen 80;
 server_name www.myapp.local myapp.local;
 charset utf-8;
 access_log /var/log/nginx/myapp.access.log;
 error_log /var/log/nginx/myapp.error.log;
 location / {
 proxy_pass http://127.0.0.1:3000;
 }
}

Check nginx config and restart

$ sudo nginx -t
$ sudo service nginx restart

Run the rails (I told you, I’m just lazy) :

$ cd /myapp
$ rails server &

And now, Rails is running with port 3000 which nginx already addressed to myapp.local domain. Open up the browser and navigate to http://myapp.local


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