Emby + Nginx Reverse Proxy

After some light Google-ing, I couldn’t find a simple example for Emby running behind an Nginx reverse proxy. I built this config using some boilerplate config I have and some config snippets from other config examples.

If you’re brand new or not sure exactly what you need, it can be a bit confusing to see older threads with lots of comments and suggestions, and it may be hard to tell what exactly you need to edit. I figure this example can be a fairly simple end-to-end example.

Config File

Here’s the configuration file. You’ll need to edit some things, I’ll detail those below.

# Redirect 80 to SSL
server {
    listen 80 default_server;

    return 301 https://emby_url$request_uri;

# Forward everything into Emby

server {
    listen 443 ssl default_server;
    server_name emby_url; 
    ssl_session_timeout     30m;
    ssl_protocols           TLSv1.2 TLSv1.1 TLSv1;
    ssl_certificate         /etc/ssl/--/ssl.combined;
    ssl_certificate_key     /etc/ssl/--/ssl.key;
    ssl_session_cache       shared:SSL:10m;
     location / {

        proxy_set_header Range $http_range;
        proxy_set_header If-Range $http_if_range;
        proxy_set_header X-Real-IP $remote_addr;
        proxy_set_header Host $host;
        proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;

        #Next three lines allow websockets
        proxy_http_version 1.1;
        proxy_set_header Upgrade $http_upgrade;
        proxy_set_header Connection "upgrade";

Things to Change

There are a few variables you’ll need to update for your environment:

  • emby_url - This is in a few places, and should be the domain name of your Emby server.
  • ssl_certificate and ssl_certificate_key - These should point to your SSL certificate you’d like Nginx to serve. You can use a service like Let’sEncrypt and CertBot to manage that configuration section for you.
  • default_server - If you’re running multiple servers on the same node, you may want to remove this. This tells Nginx to route requests that don’t match other server configurations to be served there.
  • - This should be the IP or domain name of your Emby server. In my case, this all runs on the same host so I just point it into localhost.

Depending on your setup, a reverse proxy may be needed to accomplish any number of tasks. I won’t go into detail of what all Nginx can do for Emby, but hopefully this configuration is a good starting platform for you too.