Reverse Proxy Configurations

Most reverse proxy software implement HTTP and TCP proxy mode. For NiFi RAW Site-to-Site protocol, both HTTP and TCP proxy configurations are required, and at least 2 ports needed to be opened. NiFi HTTP Site-to-Site protocol can minimize the required number of open ports at the reverse proxy to 1.

Setting correct HTTP headers at reverse proxies are crucial for NiFi to work correctly, not only routing requests but also authorize client requests. See also Proxy Configuration for details.

There are two types of requests-to-NiFi-node mapping techniques those can be applied at reverse proxy servers. One is 'Server name to Node' and the other is 'Port number to Node'.

With 'Server name to Node', the same port can be used to route requests to different upstream NiFi nodes based on the requested server name (e.g., Host name resolution should be configured to map different host names to the same reverse proxy address, that can be done by adding /etc/hosts file or DNS server entries. Also, if clients to reverse proxy uses HTTPS, reverse proxy server certificate should have wildcard common name or SAN to be accessed by different host names.

Some reverse proxy technologies do not support server name routing rules, in such case, use 'Port number to Node' technique. 'Port number to Node' mapping requires N open port at a reverse proxy for a NiFi cluster consists of N nodes.

Refer to the following examples for actual configurations.