22 July 2014

If you are running in AWS environment it might be useful to get Amazon instance_id in Nginx for different purposes (logging, headers etc).

To do that we need to compile Nginx with Perl support (--with-http_perl_module flag during compilation). After that is done we can put this snippet inside of our httpd Nginx config section:

Important: While the Perl module is performing a long-running operation, such as resolving a domain name, connecting to another server, or querying a database, other requests assigned to the current worker process will not be processed. It is thus recommended to perform only such operations that have predictable and short execution time, such as accessing the local file system. That’s why we added simple caching.

Reload Nginx and now you should have $instance_id variable set.

You can use it in access log:

log_format main '$msec\t$remote_addr\t$remote_user\t$time_iso8601\t$request\t$status\t$body_bytes_sent\t"$http_referer"\t"$http_user_agent"\t$geoip_country_code\t$request_time\t"$http_x_forwarded_for"\t$http_host\t$instance_id';

Or set custom header to simplify debugging:

add_header x-by "$instance_id";

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