Disabling directory listing on NGINX

The default configuration file of a Nginx server is called nginx.conf and can be found in /usr/local/nginx/conf, /etc/nginx or /usr/local/etc/nginx. If the default value has been changed, you can see a setting similar to the following:

server {

     listen   80;

     server_name  domain.com www.domain.com;

     access_log  /var/………………………;

     root   /path/to/root;

     location / {

             index  index.php index.html index.htm;


        location /somedir {

            autoindex on;



In this section, the determinant parameter is autoindex on; as we mentioned above. In the above example, the directory listing is configured only for the somedir directory. If no directory is specified (e.g. location / {autoindex on;}), the rule will be applied to all the folders.

To disable directory listing, we need to switch the value of the autoindex to off.

Do not forget to run the below command in order for changes to go into effect:
service nginx restart

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