An introduction into integrating Authelia with a reverse proxy.
Authelia works in collaboration with several reverse proxies. In this section you will find the documentation of the various tested proxies with examples of how you may configure them. We are eager for users to help us provide better examples of already documented proxies, as well as provide us examples of undocumented proxies.
It’s strongly recommended that users setting up Authelia for the first time take a look at our Get Started guide. This takes you through various steps which are essential to bootstrapping Authelia.
See support for support information.
Authelia is capable of being integrated into many proxies due to the decisions regarding the implementation. We handle
requests to the
/api/verify endpoint with specific headers and return standardized responses based on the headers and
the policy engines determination about what must be done.
The method to identify the destination of a request relies on metadata headers which need to be set by your reverse proxy. The headers we rely on are as follows:
Alternatively we utilize
X-Original-URL header which is expected to contain a fully formatted URL.
A logged in user must be identified via standard means. Users are identified by one of two methods:
- A session cookie with the HTTP only option set, and the secure option set meaning the cookie must only be sent over the HTTPS scheme.
- The Proxy-Authorization header utilizing the basic authentication scheme.
Authelia responds in various ways depending on the result of the authorization policies.
When the user is authenticated and authorized to access a resource we respond with a HTTP 200 OK. When the user is not logged in and we need them to authenticate with 1FA, or if they are already authenticated with only 1FA and they need to perform 2FA, the user is redirected to the portal with:
- A HTTP 401 Unauthorized status if the original request was an XMLHTTPRequest provided Authelia is able to detect it.
- A HTTP 302 Found status if the original request had the GET or OPTIONS method verb.
- A HTTP 303 See Other status if neither of the above conditions is met.
When the user is denied either by a default policy, or by an explicit policy we respond with a HTTP 403 Forbidden status.
In the instance of a 200 OK status response Authelia also responds with various headers which can be forwarded by your reverse proxy to the backend application which are potentially useful for SSO depending on if the backend application supports it.
See the Trusted Header SSO documentation for more information.