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Runtime Reconfigurable Reverse Proxy
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In the cloud era we need smart proxies.


  1. Highly configurable
  2. Easy to extend.
  3. Fast (NodeJS is neat handling lots of I/O)
  4. Efficient uploads
    • The proxy buffer to disk a file upload
    • When it's ready it forwards to the worker
    • The Proxy deal much better with slow connections
  5. Throttle connections to workers (by default 20 per worker)
  6. SSL support
  7. URL sanitization
    • //foobar/// will be rewrite to /foobar before forwarding the app
  8. The workers are in control of everything:
    • Rewrite hostname
    • Rewrite URL
    • Expose URL (with regular expressions) they can work
      • If a worker can serve ^/(foo|bar)/.+, any other request will generate a 404 Error page in the proxy itself.
    • They can choose which plugins to use (Global plugins may apply any ways)

Some concepts

  1. Proxy: It's a webserver which is in the between a client and an application
  2. Worker: It's a webserver, where our application is hosted.

Why a proxy?

Having a proxy makes really easy to scale up or down our applications in a matter of seconds. UberProxy makes it possible to add and remove more workers to your application.


npm install -g uberproxy


To create a new configuration you need to run the following command

# Create a secret token
uberproxy setup

That will generate a config.yml (you can override that with -c config.json) that would look like this:

    port: 443
    certs: /var/tmp/uberproxy/https-certs
dynamic: /var/tmp/uberproxy/dynamic.yml
cluster: 4
port: 80
secret: 8e0c5e97f91e1a8dde85702ffadff48e8488fda46c457712920aa835dabe25c8

In order to run the server you should execute this command:

uberproxy server [-c|--config config.yml] [-w|--worker workers_count] [-p|--http-port 80] [-s|--https-port 443]

You can override config variables:

  • UBERPROXY_CONFIG overrides config filename
  • UBERPROXY_DYNAMIC overrides dynamic config filename - dynamic section of config.yml
  • UBERPROXY_SSL_CERTS overrides ssl path - ssl.certs section of config.yml
  • UBERPROXY_SECRET overrides secret - secret section of config.yml
  • UBERPROXY_CLUSTER overrides workers count - cluster section of config.yml

If you run uberproxy with empty config it will be initialized with default values just like you prepared next config:

    port: 443
    certs: /config/ssl
dynamic: /config/dynamic.yml
cluster: 4
port: 80

Config's secret key is mandatory and haven't default value.
So if you want to run uberproxy with empty config - you need to pass secret via environment variable:

UBERPROXY_SECRET=123 uberproxy -c empty.yml

Otherwise error will be raised.


  1. ssl
    • port: What port should the Https-Proxy listen to?
    • certs: What directory should be used to store the certs files?
  2. dynamic: A file (YAML or JSON) where the dynamic configurations are stored.
  3. cluster: How many workers should it use? Ideally it should the same number of CPUs available on the erver
  4. port: What port should the Http-proxy listen to?
  5. secret: A secret token used for the dynamic configuration


node index.js

You may need it to run as sudo, by default it tries to open 80 and 443 (port which usually requires super user permissions).

Then open You would see a Not Found page, that is because the proxy doesn't have any worker configured yet.

Adding workers

To add a plugin you can see the PHP Client, just make sure the secrets are the same.

It's also possible to define a worker on the config file. If you're using YAML it would look like this:

        worker: 'localhost:3333'
        maxreq: 20

That's it, all requests for will be forwarded to localhost:3333.


Please refer to for details on how to build a docker image, or to use Uberproxy directly from the Docker Hub.


  1. More documentation
    • Config to register apps
    • Protocol
  2. More examples on plugins
    • Cache plugins
    • ZLib
  3. Code style
    • Add .editorconfig
    • Add .jscsrc
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