Proxy Server

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On a DreamHost VPS (Virtual Private Server), you may configure Proxy Servers. These can be configured on the (Panel > 'Domains' > 'Mongrel and Proxy') page in the DreamHost panel.


The Proxy Server feature is a reverse proxy using Apache mod_proxy.

mod_proxy forwards requests that Apache receives on to another running process through a specific port. For example, if you wanted to set up Rails with Mongrel, you could have the Mongrel server running in the background and just have mod_proxy send incoming requests through Mongrel.

You can only forward requests to daemons bound to all hosts, and only on ports above 8000.

Daemon Processes

A daemon process is a server process that listens for communication from remote clients. For example, the Apache Web server is a daemon that listens for TCP socket connections from Web browser client applications. Some servers, such as TeamSpeak or game servers, might also listen for UDP packets.

A DreamHost VPS (or Dedicated Server) account permits you to run daemon server processes. They will be limited to the server resources (CPU/RAM) you pay for. This differs from a shared hosting plan, where these processes could adversely affect other users on the same server.

Daemon processes that bind to a port (on which they listen for incoming connections) will be visible from the Internet. DreamHost does not employ any sort of firewall or port blocking on their network.


The Set Up A Proxy Server Port screen with values filled in.
  1. Launch your daemon process, bound to a port above 8000.
  2. Visit the (Panel > 'Domains' > 'Mongrel and Proxy') page.
  3. Under "Set Up A Proxy Server Port:"
    1. URL to set up Proxy under: Enter the portion of your domain that is going to have the proxied service.
    2. Port Number to Proxy: Enter the port you bound your daemon to.
  4. Click "Add Proxy Server" and wait for the change to take effect.

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