Redirector

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The redirector is a special feature provided by DNSimple that you can use to redirect HTTP requests sent to a host name to a different URL.

This feature can be used, for example, to redirect the www version of a domain to the non-www hostname. Another use case is to redirect a secondary domain you purchased to the main domain, without pointing it to any web hosting service.

Configure a redirect

To configure a redirect, use the special URL record, available in the record editor.

This article contains specific information on how to add, update, and remove a URL record in DNSimple.

Redirect status code

The redirector sets a 301 status code. The code is not configurable, and it’s not possible to return a 302 temporary redirect using the URL record.

HTTPS redirects

The redirector doesn’t support HTTPS, so you can’t redirect an HTTPS request.

In other words, it’s not possible to use the URL record to redirect the www to the non-www version of your domain with HTTPS. You can redirect http://www.example.com, but not https://www.example.com.

Take a look at the article redirector and HTTPS for additional information and a list of alternative solutions.

URL to URL redirects

URL to URL redirects can’t be done with our URL record. Only domains or subdomains can be redirected to complete URLs.

The following redirect will not work, because you can’t add a URL to the name part of the URL record.

foo.com/blog/ to bar.com/blog

This would work, because you can add a URL record for blog.foo.com:

blog.foo.com to bar.com/blog

Note that any path or query information passed by the user is passed to the resulting URL. If you set up a redirect from blog.foo.com to myfooblog.com, when the user goes to blog.foo.com/awesome_article they’ll be redirected to myfooblog.com/awesome_article.

Wildcard URL redirects

You can configure a wildcard redirect using the same conventions of a DNS wildcard record. However, the target can’t contain any wildcard references.

# Valid redirects
*.foo.com to bar.com
*.foo.com to bar.com/path

# This will redirect to the hostname
*.foo.com to *.bar.com

The wildcard pattern can only be on the left outermost level.

# Valid redirects
*.foo.com to bar.com

# Invalid redirects
foo.*.bar.com to baz.com

Match-based URL redirects

The redirector doesn’t support redirect targets that include a back-reference (match) to the redirect source. For example, the following redirects won’t work:

*.foo.com to bar.com/$1
*.foo.com to $1.bar.com