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Customizing router

The following settings are tunable for the Router component.


Requires: builder, controller, store-gateway

Required by: none

Considerations: none

Settings set by router

The following etcd keys are set by the router component, typically in its /bin/boot script.

setting description
/deis/router/hosts/$HOST IP address and port of the host running this router (there can be multiple routers)

Settings used by router

The following etcd keys are used by the router component.

setting description
/deis/builder/host host of the builder component (set by builder)
/deis/builder/port port of the builder component (set by builder)
/deis/config/*/deis_whitelist comma separated list of IPs (or CIDR) allowed to connect to the application containers (set by controller) Example: “,”
/deis/controller/host host of the controller component (set by controller)
/deis/controller/port port of the controller component (set by controller)
/deis/domains/* domain configuration for applications (set by controller)
/deis/router/affinityArg for requests with the indicated query string variable, hash its contents to perform session affinity (default: undefined)
/deis/router/bodySize nginx body size setting (default: 1m)
/deis/router/defaultTimeout default timeout value in seconds. Should be greater then the frontfacing load balancers timeout value (default: 1300)
/deis/router/builder/timeout/connect proxy_connect_timeout for deis-builder (default: 10000). Unit in milliseconds
/deis/router/builder/timeout/tcp proxy_timeout for deis-builder (default: 1200000). Unit in milliseconds
/deis/router/controller/timeout/connect proxy_connect_timeout for deis-controller (default: 10m)
/deis/router/controller/timeout/read proxy_read_timeout for deis-controller (default: 20m)
/deis/router/controller/timeout/send proxy_send_timeout for deis-controller (default: 20m)
/deis/router/controller/whitelist comma separated list of IPs (or CIDR) allowed to connect to the controller (default: not set) Example: “,”
/deis/router/enableNginxStatus enable vhost traffic status page
/deis/router/enforceHTTPS redirect all HTTP traffic to HTTPS (default: false)
/deis/router/enforceWhitelist deny all connections unless specifically whitelisted (default: false)
/deis/router/firewall/enabled nginx naxsi firewall enabled (default: false)
/deis/router/firewall/errorCode nginx default firewall error code (default: 400)
/deis/router/errorLogLevel nginx error_log level (default: error) Valid options: debug, info, notice, warn, error, crit, alert, emerg
/deis/router/gzip nginx gzip setting (default: on)
/deis/router/gzipCompLevel nginx gzipCompLevel setting (default: 5)
/deis/router/gzipDisable nginx gzipDisable setting (default: “msie6”)
/deis/router/gzipHttpVersion nginx gzipHttpVersion setting (default: 1.1)
/deis/router/gzipMinLength nginx gzipMinLength setting (default: 256)
/deis/router/gzipProxied nginx gzipProxied setting (default: any)
/deis/router/gzipTypes nginx gzipTypes setting (default: “application/atom+xml application/javascript application/json application/rss+xml application/ application/x-font-ttf application/x-web-app-manifest+json application/xhtml+xml application/xml font/opentype image/svg+xml image/x-icon text/css text/plain text/x-component”)
/deis/router/gzipVary nginx gzipVary setting (default: on)
/deis/router/gzipDisable nginx gzipDisable setting (default: “msie6”)
/deis/router/gzipTypes nginx gzipTypes setting (default: “application/x-javascript application/xhtml+xml application/xml application/xml+rss application/json text/css text/javascript text/plain text/xml”)
/deis/router/hsts/enabled enable HTTP Strict Transport Security headers for HTTPS requests (default: false)
/deis/router/hsts/maxAge maximum number of seconds user agents should observe HSTS rewrites (default: 10886400)
/deis/router/hsts/includeSubDomains enforce HSTS for requests on all subdomains (default: false)
/deis/router/hsts/preload allow the domain to be included in the HSTS preload list (default: false)
/deis/router/maxWorkerConnections maximum number of simultaneous connections that can be opened by a worker process (default: 768)
/deis/router/serverNameHashMaxSize nginx server_names_hash_max_size setting (default: 512)
/deis/router/serverNameHashBucketSize nginx server_names_hash_bucket_size (default: 64)
/deis/router/serverTokens nginx server_tokens setting (default: not set)
/deis/router/sslCert cluster-wide SSL certificate
/deis/router/sslCiphers cluster-wide enabled SSL ciphers
/deis/router/sslKey cluster-wide SSL private key
/deis/router/sslDhparam cluster-wide SSL dhparam
/deis/router/sslProtocols nginx ssl_protocols setting (default: TLSv1 TLSv1.1 TLSv1.2)
/deis/router/sslSessionCache nginx ssl_session_cache setting (default: not set)
/deis/router/sslSessionTickets nginx ssl_session_tickets setting (default: on)
/deis/router/sslSessionTimeout nginx ssl_session_timeout setting (default: 10m)
/deis/router/sslBufferSize nginx ssl_buffer_size setting (default: 4k)
/deis/router/trafficStatusZoneSize nginx vhost_traffic_status_zone size setting (default: 1m)
/deis/router/workerProcesses nginx number of worker processes to start (default: auto i.e. available CPU cores)
/deis/router/proxyProtocol nginx PROXY protocol enabled
/deis/router/proxyRealIpCidr nginx IP with CIDR used by the load balancer in front of deis-router (default:
/deis/services/* healthy application containers reported by deis/publisher
/deis/store/gateway/host host of the store gateway component (set by store-gateway)
/deis/store/gateway/port port of the store gateway component (set by store-gateway)

Using a custom router image

You can use a custom Docker image for the router component instead of the image supplied with Deis:

$ deisctl config router set image=myaccount/myimage:latest

This will pull the image from the public Docker registry. You can also pull from a private registry:

$ deisctl config router set

Be sure that your custom image functions in the same way as the stock router image shipped with Deis. Specifically, ensure that it sets and reads appropriate etcd keys.

PROXY Protocol

PROXY is a simple protocol supported by nginx, HAProxy, Amazon ELB, and others. It provides a method to obtain information about the original requests IP address sent to a load balancer in front of Deis Router.

The Protocol works by prepending, for example, the following to the request:


The Router will pick up the IP information and forward it to the application in the X-Forwarded-For header.

Load Balancers supporting the HTTP protocol may not need this, except in cases where one would run WebSockets on a Load Balancer without support for WebSockets (for example AWS ELB) and one also wants to know the IP address of the original request.