Setting Up reverse Proxy for Next JS application in Ubuntu 22.04

Setting Up reverse Proxy for Next JS application in Ubuntu 22.04

We will see how we can Serve the Next Application to Apache2 Port 80


  1. Install Nodejs 16

  2. Create a next Application

  3. install pm2 and Start the Next Application with pm2

  4. Install Apache2, Disable the default Site,

  5. Create a new site, configuration and enable it

  6. Allow proxy in Appahe2

  7. Testing

Install Nodejs 16

we will install the node js 16 version for creating our Next application (Most of the time it requires installing a specific version instead of the latest one)

curl -sL -o /tmp/

sudo bash /tmp/
sudo apt-get install -y nodejs
node -v

Create a next Application

npx create-next-app nextapp

# change dir to nextapp
cd nextapp

Install pm2 and Start the Next Application with pm2

we will start our application from PM2 instead of npm run dev because we want our application to run even if we close the terminal as the Process and also restart the Nextjs Application on reboot.

# Instaling pm2
npm i -g pm2

Building Next Js

Before starting the Application we need to build the application

Starting Next Js with PM2

pm2 start npm --name 'my-app-with-pm2' --  run start
pm2 status

Serving Next Js from Apache2 with Proxy

Install Apache2, Disable the default Site

sudo apt install -y apache2

verify its service running successfully

sudo systemctl status apache2

Disable apache2 its default site

sudo a2dissite 000-default.conf

Create a new site, set the configuration, and enable it

we will create a new apache2 conf file inside /etc/apache2/sites-available/ nextapp.conf and add the below configuration by replacing ith ServerName with your server IP address and serverAdmin email

sudo vim  /etc/apache2/sites-available/nextapp.conf

Please replace and serverAdmin , ServerName with your server IP address or your domain name if you want to serve this application with your domain name, you also need to Point this Public server IP address to your domain registrar.

<VirtualHost *:80>
    ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/error.log
    CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/access.log combined
    ProxyPass /
    ProxyPassReverse /
    ProxyRequests Off
#Enable our brand new next application site
sudo a2ensite nextapp.conf

Allow proxy in Appahe2

sudo a2enmod proxy && sudo a2enmod proxy_http
# Restar Apache2
sudo systemctl restart apache2


go to your browser and enter your Server IP address or domain name if you have pointed to this server , in my case

Note: The application will still be available on Port 3000 from the server IP address and in the Amazon EC2 server we explicitly have to allow from security groups,

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