Nginx Server Authentication

Utilizing Nginx's server_auth

After reading about how Server Authentication works, next we will need to set up the rewriting directive.

Configure the Nginx location block

You will need to modify your location block. Associated with your site. In Linux, this is typically located at /etc/nginx/sites-available/

Native Nginx Rewrite

location ~ /organizr-auth/(.*) {
	rewrite ^/organizr-auth/(.*) /api/v2/auth/$1;

The Native Nginx rewrite block has been reported as not working for all setups. Use the Native Nginx Proxy Pass method if it fails.

Native Nginx Proxy Pass

location ~ /organizr-auth/(.*) {
        proxy_set_header Content-Length "";

Docker Container

location ~ /organizr-auth/(.*) {
        proxy_pass http://[docker/hostIP]:[port]/api/v2/auth/$1;
        proxy_set_header Content-Length "";

SWAG/Letsencrypt Docker

There is already a preconfigured file for this. Find the organizr-auth.subfolder.conf.sample and edit it the same way you did for your main Organizr file and remove the .sample.

For subfolders, just add one of the auth_request lines into the subfolder config with the groups as explained above.

For subdomains, add the auth_request same as you would for a subfolder and add an include for the file such as:

include /config/nginx/proxy-confs/organizr-auth.subfolder.conf;
auth_request /organizr-auth/0;

Note: If you are using a reverse proxy, this should be added on the reverse proxy layer


A subdomain allows you to have a custom application name for each app on your domain. For example, for Sonarr and for Radar. For subdomains, you need to call back to the domain organizr is on, this can be done differently depending on your installation method.

Native, with local DNS setup (This can also apply for containers):$1

Docker, using ip and port (This is assuming the container is running in bridge): http://[docker/hostIP]:[port]/api/v2/auth/$1

location ~ ^/organizr-auth/(.*) {
    ## Has to be local ip or local DNS name
    proxy_pass https://web.home.lab/api/v2/auth/$1;
    proxy_pass_request_body off;
    proxy_set_header Content-Length "";

Reverse Proxy (subdirectory)

All you need to do is include one line per reverse proxy block as the very first line:

auth_request /organizr-auth/0;

If you are using something other than the default 0, change it out here. Other options are located on the Server Authentication page.

Here is a sample of a reverse proxy with admin access:

location /[SERVICE] {
    auth_request /organizr-auth/0;
    proxy_pass http://[IP]:[PORT]/[SERVICE];
    add_header X-Frame-Options "SAMEORIGIN";
    proxy_set_header Host $host;
    proxy_set_header X-Real-IP $remote_addr;
    proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;

Excluding a location from authentication

Most of our examples already has this, but here is an explanation, using one of our examples(with headers removed)

location /sonarr {
    auth_request /organizr-auth/0;
    location /sonarr/api { # We know that sonarr's api-endpoint is /api, so we are gonna open that up.
        auth_request off; # The line that actually opens it up
        proxy_pass; # We need to tell nginx where to send the request


Nginx Proxy Manager is a web application that helps you manage your Nginx configuration.

Please read the red bubbles in the screenshots carefully. Modify your Organizr proxy host configuration to include a custom location. Example where ip-address is local IP and 8000 is the port where Organizr is hosted:

location: ~ /organizr-auth/(.*)
Forward Hostname/IP: ip-address/api/v2/auth/$1

Modify the proxy host configuration for the service you want ServerAuth for. Modifications are needed in the Advanced section AND the Custom locations section. Example is a ServerAuth setup for Sonarr (as a subdomain):

Advanced Custom Nginx Configuration section:

organizr-auth can be any string you like - Just make sure to make it match the Custom Location location field on the next step.

auth_request /organizr-auth/4;

Custom Locations Section:


organizr-auth can be any string you like - Just make sure to make it match the Advanced Tab

~ /organizr-auth/(.*)

Forward Hostname / IP

Only change the IP Address in this URL & Don't forget to change the PORT to match yours


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