ngx_chunkin - HTTP 1.1 chunked-encoding request body support for Nginx.
This module is not distributed with the Nginx source. See the installation instructions.
This module is no longer needed for Nginx 1.3.9+ because since 1.3.9, the Nginx core already has built-in support for the chunked request bodies.
And this module is now only maintained for Nginx versions older than 1.3.9.
This document describes ngx_chunkin v0.23 released on February 8, 2013.
This module adds HTTP 1.1 chunked input support for Nginx without the need of patching the Nginx core.
Behind the scene, it registers an access-phase handler that will eagerly read and decode incoming request bodies when a
Transfer-Encoding: chunked header triggers a
411 error page in Nginx. For requests that are not in the
chunked transfer encoding, this module is a "no-op".
No other modification is required in your nginx.conf file and everything should work out of the box including the standard proxy module (except for those known issues). Note that the chunkin directive is not allowed in the location block while the chunkin_resume directive is only allowed on in
The core module's client_body_buffer_size, client_max_body_size, and client_body_timeout directive settings are honored. Note that, the "body sizes" here always indicate chunked-encoded body, not the data that has already been decoded. Basically, the chunked-encoded body will always be slightly larger than the original data that is not encoded.
This module is not supposed to be merged into the Nginx core because I've used Ragel to generate the chunked encoding parser for joy :)
How it works
Nginx explicitly checks chunked
Transfer-Encoding headers and absent content length header in its very
early phase. Well, as early as the
function. So this module takes a rather tricky approach. That is, use an output filter to intercept the
411 Length Required error page response issued by
fix things and finally issue an internal redirect to the current location,
thus starting from those phases we all know and love, this time
bypassing the horrible
rewrite phase of the newly created request, this module eagerly reads in the chunked request body in a way similar to that of the standard
ngx_http_read_client_request_body function, but using its own chunked parser generated by Ragel. The decoded request body will be put into
r->request_body->bufs and a corresponding
Content-Length header will be inserted into
Those modules using the standard
ngx_http_read_client_request_body function to read the request body will just work out of box because
ngx_http_read_client_request_body returns immediately when it sees
r->request_body->bufs already exists.
Special efforts have been made to reduce data copying and dynamic memory allocation.
syntax: chunkin on|off
context: http, server
Enables or disables this module's hooks.
This directive must be used in your custom
411 error page location to help this module work correctly. For example:
For the technical reason behind the necessity of this directive, please read the
nginx-devel thread Content-Length is not ignored for chunked requests: Nginx violates RFC 2616.
This directive was first introduced in the v0.17 release.
syntax: chunkin_max_chunks_per_buf <number>
context: http, server, location
Set the max chunk count threshold for the buffer determined by the client_body_buffer_size directive.
If the average chunk size is
1 KB and your client_body_buffer_size setting
is 1 meta bytes, then you should set this threshold to
When the raw body size is exceeding client_body_buffer_size or the chunk counter is exceeding this
chunkin_max_chunks_per_buf setting, the decoded data will be temporarily buffered into disk files, and then the main buffer gets cleared and the chunk counter gets reset back to 0 (or
1 if there's a "pending chunk").
This directive was first introduced in the v0.17 release.
syntax: chunkin_keepalive on|off
context: http, server, location, if
Turns on or turns off HTTP 1.1 keep-alive and HTTP 1.1 pipelining support.
Keep-alive without pipelining should be quite stable but pipelining support is very preliminary, limited, and almost untested.
This directive was first introduced in the v0.07 release.
Technical note on the HTTP 1.1 pipeling support
The basic idea is to copy the bytes left by my chunked parser in
r->request_body->buf over into
r->header_in so that nginx's
ngx_http_init_request functions will pick
it up for the subsequent pipelined requests. When the request body is
small enough to be completely preread into the
then no data copy is needed here -- just setting
correctly will suffice.
The only issue that remains is how to enlarge
r->header_in when the
data left in
r->request_body->buf is just too large to be hold in the
remaining room between
now, this module will just give up and simply turn off
I know we can always use exactly the remaining room in
the buffer size when reading data from
c->recv, but's suboptimal when
the remaining room in
r->header_in happens to be very small while
r->request_body->buf is quite large.
I haven't fully grokked all the details among
busy/free lists and those so-called "large header buffers". Is there a
clean and safe way to reallocate or extend the
wget 'http://nginx.org/download/nginx-1.0.8.tar.gz' tar -xzvf nginx-1.0.8.tar.gz cd nginx-1.0.8/ # Here we assume you would install you nginx under /opt/nginx/. ./configure --prefix=/opt/nginx \ --add-module=/path/to/chunkin-nginx-module make -j2 make install
Download the latest version of the release tarball of this module from chunkin-nginx-module file list.
Installation on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS using apt/dpkg
You need to have dpkg-dev installed (apt-get install dpkg-dev) And this guide assumes we are using the official repo.
sudo -s apt-get source nginx apt-get build-dep nginx wget 'https://github.com/agentzh/chunkin-nginx-module/tarball/v0.23rc2' tar -xzvf v0.23rc2 #rename directory to make it easier to remember later. mv agentzh-chunkin-* chunkin #this next one of course will change depending on which repo/version you are using. cd nginx-1.0.14/ vim debian/rules #See the ./configure section (for both "override_dh_auto_build": and "configure_debug:") #At this point it's a good idea to have a idea of what you will need of modules/addons. remove any lines you don't need. #The current last item in the ./configure section needs to have '\' added. #Then add this: --add-module=../chunkin dpkg-buildpackage cd .. #the next one of course will change according to version/build dpkg -i nginx_1.0.14-1~lucid_i386.deb #verify install with nginx -V see that add-module=../chunkin is in the configurea arguemnts list.
$ ragel -G2 src/chunked_parser.rl
Packages from users
Fedora 13 RPM files
The following source and binary rpm files are contributed by Ernest Folch, with nginx 0.8.54, ngx_chunkin v0.21 and ngx_headers_more v0.13:
The following versions of Nginx should work with this module:
- 1.2.x (last tested: 1.2.6)
- 1.1.x (last tested: 1.1.5)
- 1.0.x (last tested: 1.0.10)
- 0.8.x (last tested: 0.8.54)
- 0.7.x >= 0.7.21 (last tested: 0.7.67)
Earlier versions of Nginx like 0.6.x and 0.5.x will not work.
If you find that any particular version of Nginx above 0.7.21 does not work with this module, please consider reporting a bug.
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Bugs and Patches
Please submit bug reports, wishlists, or patches by
Available on github at agentzh/chunkin-nginx-module.
- now we remove the request header Transfer-Encoding completely because at least Apache will complain about the empty-value
Transfer-Encodingrequest header. thanks hoodoos and Sandesh Kotwal.
- now we allow DELETE requests with chunked request bodies per hoodoos's request.
- now we use the 2-clause BSD license.
- applied a patch from Gong Kaihui (龚开晖) to always call
- fixed a bug that may read incomplete chunked body. thanks Gong Kaihui (龚开晖).
- fixed various memory issues in the implementation which may cause nginx processes to crash.
- added support for chunked PUT requests.
- now we always require "error_page 411 @resume" and no default (buggy) magic any more. thanks Gong Kaihui (龚开晖).
- we now use ragel -G2 to generate the chunked parser and we're 36% faster.
- we now eagerly read the data octets in the chunked parser and we're 43% faster.
- added support for
chunk-extensionto the chunked parser as per RFC 2616, but we just ignore them (if any) because we don't understand them.
- added more diagnostic information for certian error messages.
- implemented the chunkin_max_chunks_per_buf directive to allow overriding the default
- we now bypass nginx's discard requesty body bug by requiring our users to define explicit
411 error_pagewith chunkin_resume in the error page location. Thanks J for reporting related bugs.
r->phase_handlerin our post read handler. our handler may run one more time before :P
- the chunkin handler now returns
NGX_OK, to avoid bypassing other access-phase handlers.
- turned off ddebug in the previous release. thanks J for reporting it.
- fixed a regression that ctx->chunks_count never incremented in earlier versions.
- now we no longer skip those operations between the (interrupted) ngx_http_process_request_header and the server rewrite phase. this fixed the security issues regarding the internal directive as well as SSL sessions.
- try to ignore CR/LF/SP/HT at the begining of the chunked body.
- now we allow HT as padding spaces and ignore leading CRLFs.
- improved diagnostic info in the error.log messages when parsefail occurs.
- added a random valid-chunked-request generator in t/random.t.
- fixed a new connection leak issue caught by t/random.t.
- fixed a serious bug in the chunked parser grammer: there would be ambiguity when CRLF appears in the chunked data sections. Thanks J for reporting it.
- fixed gcc compilation errors on x86_64, thanks J for reporting it.
- used the latest Ragel 6.6 to generate the
chunked_parser.cfile in the source tree.
- marked the disgarded 411 error page's output chain bufs as consumed by setting
buf->pos = buf->last. (See this nginx-devel thread for more details.)
- added the chunkin_keepalive directive which can enable HTTP 1.1 keep-alive and HTTP 1.1 pipelining, and defaults to
- fixed the
alphtypebug in the Ragel parser spec; which caused rejection of non-ascii octets in the chunked data. Thanks J for his bug report.
Test::Nginx::Socketto test our nginx module on the socket level. Thanks J for his bug report.
- rewrote the bufs recycling part and preread-buf-to-rb-buf transition part, also refactored the Ragel parser spec, thus eliminating lots of serious bugs.
- provided better diagnostics in the error log message for "bad chunked body" parsefails in the chunked parser. For example:
2009/12/02 17:35:52 [error] 32244#0: *1 bad chunked body (offset 7, near "4^M hell <-- HERE o^M 0^M ^M ", marked by " <-- HERE "). , client: 127.0.0.1, server: localhost, request: "POST /main HTTP/1.1", host: "localhost"
- added some code to let the chunked parser handle special 0-size chunks that are not the last chunk.
- fixed a connection leak bug regarding incorrect
r->main->countreference counter handling for nginx 0.8.11+ (well, the
ngx_http_read_client_request_bodyfunction in the nginx core also has this issue, I'll report it later.)
- minor optimization: we won't traverse the output chain link if the chain count is not large enough.
To run it on your side:
$ cd test $ PATH=/path/to/your/nginx-with-chunkin-module:$PATH prove -r t
You need to terminate any Nginx processes before running the test suite if you have changed the Nginx server binary.
Because a single nginx server (by default,
localhost:1984) is used across all the test scripts (
.t files), it's meaningless to run the test suite in parallel by specifying
-jN when invoking the
- May not work with certain 3rd party modules like the upload module because it implements its own request body reading mechanism.
- "client_body_in_single_buffer on" may *not* be obeyed for short contents and fast network.
- "client_body_in_file_only on" may *not* be obeyed for short contents and fast network.
- HTTP 1.1 pipelining may not fully work yet.
- make the chunkin handler run at the end of the
access phaserather than beginning.
- add support for
trailersas specified in the RFC 2616.
- fix the known issues.
Yichun "agentzh" Zhang (章亦春) <firstname.lastname@example.org>, CloudFlare Inc.
This wiki page is also maintained by the author himself, and everybody is encouraged to improve this page as well.
Copyright & License
The basic client request body reading code is based on the
ngx_http_read_client_request_body function and its utility functions in the Nginx 0.8.20 core. This part of code is copyrighted by Igor Sysoev.
Copyright (c) 2009-2013, Yichun Zhang (agentzh), CloudFlare Inc.
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- The original thread on the Nginx mailing list that inspires this module's development: "'Content-Length' header for POSTs".
- The orginal announcement thread on the Nginx mailing list: "The chunkin module: Experimental chunked input support for Nginx".
- The original blog post about this module's initial development.
- The thread discussing chunked input support on the nginx-devel mailing list: "Chunked request body and HTTP header parser".
- The echo module for Nginx module's automated testing.
- RFC 2616 - Chunked Transfer Coding.