Module: mod_extforward


This module will extract the client's "real" IP from X-Forwarded-For header which is added by Squid or other proxies. It might be useful for servers behind reverse proxy servers.


  • extforward.headers
    Sets headers to search for finding the originl addresses.

    Default: empty, results in searching for "X-Forwarded-For" and "Forwarded-For"

    Example (for use with a Zeus ZXTM loadbalancer):

    extforward.headers = ("X-Cluster-Client-Ip")

  • extforward.forwarder
    Sets trust level of proxy IP's.

    Default: empty

    Example of usage:

    extforward.forwarder = ("" => "trust")  

    will translate ip addresses coming from to real ip addresses extracted from X-Forwarded-For (or whatever is specified in extforward.headers) HTTP request header.

    Important note:

    The effect of this module is variable on $HTTP["remoteip"] directives and other module's remote ip dependent actions.
    Things done by modules before we change the remoteip or after we reset it will match on the proxy's IP.
    Things done in between these two moments will match on the real client's IP.
    The moment things are done by a module depends on in which hook it does things and within the same hook
    on whether they are before/after us in the module loading order
    (order in the server.modules directive in the config file).

Tested behaviours:

mod_access: Will match on the real client.

mod_accesslog: In order to see the "real" ip address in access log, you'll have to load mod_extforward after mod_accesslog, like this:

    server.modules  = (


Trust proxy and

  extforward.forwarder = (
     "" => "trust",
     "" => "trust" 

Trust all proxies (NOT RECOMMENDED!)

  extforward.forwarder = ( "all" => "trust")

Note that "all" has precedence over specific entries, so "all except" setups will not work.

Using $HTTP["scheme"] rules

If you are running lighttpd behind a reverse proxy (such as haproxy) to provide HTTPS termination, you may want to configure lighttpd rules which act on $HTTP["scheme"] == "https" etc
As of lighttpd 1.4.40, mod_extforward is able to detect the scheme from the front proxy, allowing you to use scheme based conditional rules in lighttpd.conf

In order to do this, extforward.headers MUST be set (and match a corresponding HTTP request header), aswell as the proxy being "trusted" via extforward.forwarder


mod_extforward is included in lighttpd 1.4.14 and later,

Changes related to mod_extforward

  • 1.4.23: Bug #1545: Make mod_extforward headers configurable
  • 1.4.19: Bug #1499: HTTPS env var should be "on" when using mod_extforward and the X-Forwarded-Proto header is set.
  • 1.4.19: Bug #1528: support chained proxies in mod_extforward
  • 1.4.14: r1665: added mod_extforward