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Nginx Fancy Index module

Build Status

The Fancy Index module makes possible the generation of file listings, like the built-in autoindex module does, but adding a touch of style. This is possible because the module allows a certain degree of customization of the generated content:

  • Custom headers, either local or stored remotely.
  • Custom footers, either local or stored remotely.
  • Add your own CSS style rules.
  • Allow choosing to sort elements by name (default), modification time, or size; both ascending (default), or descending.

This module is designed to work with Nginx, a high performance open source web server written by Igor Sysoev.

Requirements

CentOS, RHEL, Fedora Linux

For users of the official stable Nginx repository, extra packages repository with dynamic modules is available and fancyindex is included.

Install repository configuration, then the module package:

yum -y install https://extras.getpagespeed.com/release-latest.rpm
yum -y install nginx-module-fancyindex

Then load the module in /etc/nginx/nginx.conf using:

load_module "modules/ngx_http_fancyindex_module.so";

macOS

Users can install Nginx on macOS with MacPorts; fancyindex is included:

sudo port install nginx

Other platforms

In most other cases you will need the sources for Nginx. Any version starting from the 0.8 series should work.

In order to use the fancyindex_header_ and fancyindex_footer_ directives you will also need the ngx_http_addition_module built into Nginx.

Building

  1. Unpack the Nginx sources:

    $ gunzip -c nginx-?.?.?.tar.gz | tar -xvf -
  2. Unpack the sources for the fancy indexing module:

    $ gunzip -c nginx-fancyindex-?.?.?.tar.gz | tar -xvf -
  3. Change to the directory which contains the Nginx sources, run the configuration script with the desired options and be sure to put an --add-module flag pointing to the directory which contains the source of the fancy indexing module:

    $ cd nginx-?.?.?
    $ ./configure --add-module=../nginx-fancyindex-?.?.? \
       [--with-http_addition_module] [extra desired options]

    Since version 0.4.0, the module can also be built as a dynamic module, using --add-dynamic-module=… instead and load_module "modules/ngx_http_fancyindex_module.so"; in the configuration file

  4. Build and install the software:

    $ make

    And then, as root:

    # make install
  5. Configure Nginx by using the modules' configuration directives.

Example

You can test the default built-in style by adding the following lines into a server section in your Nginx configuration file:

location / {
  fancyindex on;              # Enable fancy indexes.
  fancyindex_exact_size off;  # Output human-readable file sizes.
}

Themes

The following themes demonstrate the level of customization which can be achieved using the module:

  • Theme by @TheInsomniac. Uses custom header and footer.
  • Theme by @Naereen. Uses custom header and footer. The header includes a search field to filter by file name using JavaScript.
  • Theme by @fraoustin. Responsive theme using Material Design elements.
  • Theme by @alehaa. Simple, flat theme based on Bootstrap 4 and FontAwesome.

Directives

fancyindex

Syntax

fancyindex [on | off]

Default

fancyindex off

Context

http, server, location

Description

Enables or disables fancy directory indexes.

fancyindex_default_sort

Syntax

fancyindex_default_sort [name | size | date | name_desc | size_desc | date_desc]

Default

fancyindex_default_sort name

Context

http, server, location

Description

Defines sorting criterion by default.

fancyindex_case_sensitive

Syntax

fancyindex_case_sensitive [on | off]

Default

fancyindex_case_sensitive on

Context

http, server, location

Description

If enabled (default setting), sorting by name will be case-sensitive. If disabled, case will be ignored when sorting by name.

fancyindex_directories_first

Syntax

fancyindex_directories_first [on | off]

Default

fancyindex_directories_first on

Context

http, server, location

Description

If enabled (default setting), groups directories together and sorts them before all regular files. If disabled, directories are sorted together with files.

fancyindex_css_href

Syntax

fancyindex_css_href uri

Default

fancyindex_css_href ""

Context

http, server, location

Description

Allows inserting a link to a CSS style sheet in generated listings. The provided uri parameter will be inserted as-is in a <link> HTML tag. The link is inserted after the built-in CSS rules, so you can override the default styles.

fancyindex_exact_size

Syntax

fancyindex_exact_size [on | off]

Default

fancyindex_exact_size on

Context

http, server, location

Description

Defines how to represent file sizes in the directory listing: either accurately, or rounding off to the kilobyte, the megabyte and the gigabyte.

Syntax

fancyindex_footer path [subrequest | local]

Default

fancyindex_footer ""

Context

http, server, location

Description

Specifies which file should be inserted at the foot of directory listings. If set to an empty string, the default footer supplied by the module will be sent. The optional parameter indicates whether the path is to be treated as a URI to load using a subrequest (the default), or whether it refers to a local file.

Note

Using this directive needs the ngx_http_addition_module built into Nginx.

Warning

When inserting custom a header/footer, a subrequest will be issued so potentially any URL can be used as source for them. Although it will work with external URLs, only using internal ones is supported. External URLs are totally untested and using them will make Nginx block while waiting for the subrequest to complete. If you feel like external header/footer is a must-have for you, please let me know.

fancyindex_header

Syntax

fancyindex_header path [subrequest | local]

Default

fancyindex_header ""

Context

http, server, location

Description

Specifies which file should be inserted at the head of directory listings. If set to an empty string, the default header supplied by the module will be sent. The optional parameter indicates whether the path is to be treated as a URI to load using a subrequest (the default), or whether it refers to a local file.

Note

Using this directive needs the ngx_http_addition_module built into Nginx.

fancyindex_show_path

Syntax

fancyindex_show_path [on | off]

Default

fancyindex_show_path on

Context

http, server, location

Description

Whether or not to output the path and the closing </h1> tag after the header. This is useful when you want to handle the path displaying with a PHP script for example.

Warning

This directive can be turned off only if a custom header is provided using fancyindex_header.

fancyindex_show_dotfiles ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ :Syntax: fancyindex_show_dotfiles [on | off] :Default: fancyindex_show_dotfiles off :Context: http, server, location :Description: Whether to list files that are preceded with a dot. Normal convention is to hide these.

fancyindex_ignore

Syntax

fancyindex_ignore string1 [string2 [... stringN]]

Default

No default.

Context

http, server, location

Description

Specifies a list of file names which will not be shown in generated listings. If Nginx was built with PCRE support, strings are interpreted as regular expressions.

Syntax

fancyindex_hide_symlinks [on | off]

Default

fancyindex_hide_symlinks off

Context

http, server, location

Description

When enabled, generated listings will not contain symbolic links.

fancyindex_hide_parent_dir ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ :Syntax: fancyindex_hide_parent_dir [on | off] :Default: fancyindex_hide_parent_dir off :Context: http, server, location :Description: When enabled, it will not show the parent directory.

fancyindex_localtime

Syntax

fancyindex_localtime [on | off]

Default

fancyindex_localtime off

Context

http, server, location

Description

Enables showing file times as local time. Default is “off” (GMT time).

fancyindex_time_format

Syntax

fancyindex_time_format string

Default

fancyindex_time_format "%Y-%b-%d %H:%M"

Context

http, server, location

Description

Format string used for timestamps. The format specifiers are a subset of those supported by the strftime function, and the behavior is locale-independent (for example, day and month names are always in English). The supported formats are:

  • %a: Abbreviated name of the day of the week.
  • %A: Full name of the day of the week.
  • %b: Abbreviated month name.
  • %B: Full month name.
  • %d: Day of the month as a decimal number (range 01 to 31).
  • %e: Like %d, the day of the month as a decimal number, but a leading zero is replaced by a space.
  • %F: Equivalent to %Y-%m-%d (the ISO 8601 date format).
  • %H: Hour as a decimal number using a 24-hour clock (range 00 to 23).
  • %I: Hour as a decimal number using a 12-hour clock (range 01 to 12).
  • %k: Hour (24-hour clock) as a decimal number (range 0 to 23); single digits are preceded by a blank.
  • %l: Hour (12-hour clock) as a decimal number (range 1 to 12); single digits are preceded by a blank.
  • %m: Month as a decimal number (range 01 to 12).
  • %M: Minute as a decimal number (range 00 to 59).
  • %p: Either "AM" or "PM" according to the given time value.
  • %P: Like %p but in lowercase: "am" or "pm".
  • %r: Time in a.m. or p.m. notation. Equivalent to %I:%M:%S %p.
  • %R: Time in 24-hour notation (%H:%M).
  • %S: Second as a decimal number (range 00 to 60).
  • %T: Time in 24-hour notation (%H:%M:%S).
  • %u: Day of the week as a decimal, range 1 to 7, Monday being 1.
  • %w: Day of the week as a decimal, range 0 to 6, Monday being 0.
  • %y: Year as a decimal number without a century (range 00 to 99).
  • %Y: Year as a decimal number including the century.