Nginx requests

You can execute system commands via Nginx requests. For this tutorial take Creating first app as basis. We will write filemanager using Nginx location. Web UI

In index.html create a new block:

< div id="file_system"></div>

It will show content of current folder.

In app.js there are two new functions - APP.openDir() and APP.printFiles().

In APP.openDir():

$.get('/ngx_app_test?dir=' + dir + ).done(function(msg) {
    var ngx_files = msg.split("\n");

$.get method sends parameter dir to server and loads data. If loading was successful, done method is called. In done method we split received data to get list of files and folders. Then we print them calling APP.printFiles() function.

In APP.printFiles() :


for (var i = 0; i < files.length; i++){
    if (files[i] != ""){
        div = document.createElement('div');
        div.id = files[i] + "/";
        div.className = 'child';
        if (i == 0)
            div.innerHTML = '..';
            div.innerHTML = '' + files[i].split("/").pop() + '';
        div.firstElementChild.onclick = function(){

First of all we should clean screen from old data. $(‘.child’).remove(); deletes all elements with class child . Then we print new files with class child and set them onclick listeners. In onclick we open a new directory.

In APP.ws.onopen() callback we should open a root directory:

APP.openDir("/"); Nginx location

There is a new project file - nginx.conf. Content of this file:

location /ngx_app_test {
    add_header 'Access-Control-Allow-Origin' '*';
    add_header 'Access-Control-Allow-Credentials' 'true';
    add_header 'Access-Control-Allow-Methods' 'GET, POST, OPTIONS';
    add_header 'Access-Control-Allow-Headers' 'DNT,X-Mx-ReqToken,Keep-Alive,User-Agent,X-Requested-With,If-Modified-Since,Cache-Control,Content-Type';
    add_header 'Content-type' 'text/plain; charset=utf-8';

    content_by_lua '
        local args = ngx.req.get_uri_args()
        if args.dir then
            os.execute("(dirname "..args.dir.." && ls -d "..args.dir.."*) > /tmp/ngx_file_system");
            local handle = io.open("/tmp/ngx_file_system", "r");
            local res = handle:read("*all");

In content_by_lua section there is main logic of request.

Server gets args.dir param, which was sent from app.js. If it is not empty server executes system command to get parent directory and list of files of current directory. Then it reads result from temporary file and sends it to client.

After all steps you will get an application with file manager.

Reboot your Red Pitaya to apply new NGINX location.

# reboot

and then start application.

Now you can open Red Pitaya’s folders and see their contents by Web UI.