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fancyindex: NGINX Fancy Index module

Installation

CentOS/RHEL 6, 7, 8 or Amazon Linux 2

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

Enable the module by adding the following at the top of /etc/nginx/nginx.conf:

load_module modules/ngx_http_fancyindex_module.so;

This document describes nginx-module-fancyindex v0.5.1 released on Oct 26 2020.


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 you 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.

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 search field to filter by filename 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_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.

fancyindex_name_length

  • Syntax
    fancyindex_name_length length

  • Default
    fancyindex_name_length 50

  • Context
    http, server, location

  • Description
    Defines the maximum file name length limit in bytes.

  • 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 an 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 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](https://nginx.org) 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](mailto:aperez@igalia.com).

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 an 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 to output or not 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 proceeded 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 be 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 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.

GitHub

You may find additional configuration tips and documentation for this module in the GitHub repository for nginx-module-fancyindex.