Running Grafana behind a reverse proxy

It should be straight forward to get Grafana up and running behind a reverse proxy. But here are some things that you might run into.

Links and redirects will not be rendered correctly unless you set the server.domain setting.

[server]
domain = foo.bar

To use sub path ex http://foo.bar/grafana make sure to include /grafana in the end of root_url. Otherwise Grafana will not behave correctly. See example below.

Examples

Here are some example configurations for running Grafana behind a reverse proxy.

Grafana configuration (ex http://foo.bar.com)

[server]
domain = foo.bar

Nginx configuration

server {
  listen 80;
  root /usr/share/nginx/www;
  index index.html index.htm;

  location / {
   proxy_pass http://localhost:3000/;
  }
}

Examples with sub path (ex http://foo.bar.com/grafana)

Grafana configuration with sub path

[server]
domain = foo.bar
root_url = %(protocol)s://%(domain)s:/grafana

Nginx configuration with sub path

server {
  listen 80;
  root /usr/share/nginx/www;
  index index.html index.htm;

  location /grafana/ {
   proxy_pass http://localhost:3000/;
  }
}

IIS URL Rewrite Rule (Windows) with Subpath

IIS requires that the URL Rewrite module is installed.

Given:

  • subpath grafana
  • Grafana installed on http://localhost:3000
  • server config:

    [server]
    domain = localhost:8080
    root_url = %(protocol)s://%(domain)s:/grafana
    

Create an Inbound Rule for the parent website (localhost:8080 in this example) in IIS Manager with the following settings:

  • pattern: grafana(/)?(.*)
  • check the Ignore case checkbox
  • rewrite url set to http://localhost:3000/{R:2}
  • check the Append query string checkbox
  • check the Stop processing of subsequent rules checkbox

This is the rewrite rule that is generated in the web.config:

  <rewrite>
      <rules>
          <rule name="Grafana" enabled="true" stopProcessing="true">
              <match url="grafana(/)?(.*)" />
              <action type="Rewrite" url="http://localhost:3000/{R:2}" logRewrittenUrl="false" />
          </rule>
      </rules>
  </rewrite>

See the tutorial on IIS Url Rewrites for more in-depth instructions.