Using Next.js rewrites as a reverse proxy

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Note: If you are using the EU cloud then use eu instead of us in all domains (e.g. us.i.posthog.com -> eu.i.posthog.com)

If you are using Next.js, you can take advantage of rewrites to behave like a reverse proxy. To do so, add a rewrites() function and the skipTrailingSlashRedirect option to your next.config.js file:

JavaScript
// next.config.js
const nextConfig = {
async rewrites() {
return [
{
source: "/ingest/static/:path*",
destination: "https://us-assets.i.posthog.com/static/:path*",
},
{
source: "/ingest/:path*",
destination: "https://us.i.posthog.com/:path*",
},
];
},
// This is required to support PostHog trailing slash API requests
skipTrailingSlashRedirect: true,
}
module.exports = nextConfig

Then configure the PostHog client to send requests via your rewrite.

JavaScript
posthog.init(process.env.NEXT_PUBLIC_POSTHOG_KEY, {
api_host: "https://your-host.com/ingest"
ui_host: 'https://app.posthog.com' // or 'https://eu.posthog.com' if your PostHog is hosted in Europe
})

If this isn't working for you (returning 503 errors), it may be an issue with how your hosting service (such as Heroku) handles rewrites. You can write Next.js middleware to proxy requests instead.

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