Rewrite HTTP request and response headers with Azure Application Gateway - Azure portal

This article describes how to use the Azure portal to configure an Application Gateway v2 SKU instance to rewrite the HTTP headers in requests and responses.

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Before you begin

You need to have an Application Gateway v2 SKU instance to complete the steps in this article. Rewriting headers isn't supported in the v1 SKU. If you don't have the v2 SKU, create an Application Gateway v2 SKU instance before you begin.

Create required objects

To configure HTTP header rewrite, you need to complete these steps.

  1. Create the objects that are required for HTTP header rewrite:

    • Rewrite action: Used to specify the request and request header fields that you intend to rewrite and the new value for the headers. You can associate one or more rewrite conditions with a rewrite action.

    • Rewrite condition: An optional configuration. Rewrite conditions evaluate the content of HTTP(S) requests and responses. The rewrite action will occur if the HTTP(S) request or response matches the rewrite condition.

      If you associate more than one condition with an action, the action occurs only when all the conditions are met. In other words, the operation is a logical AND operation.

    • Rewrite rule: Contains multiple rewrite action / rewrite condition combinations.

    • Rule sequence: Helps determine the order in which the rewrite rules execute. This configuration is helpful when you have multiple rewrite rules in a rewrite set. A rewrite rule that has a lower rule sequence value runs first. If you assign the same rule sequence value to two rewrite rules, the order of execution is non-deterministic.

    • Rewrite set: Contains multiple rewrite rules that will be associated with a request routing rule.

  2. Attach the rewrite set to a routing rule. The rewrite configuration is attached to the source listener via the routing rule. When you use a basic routing rule, the header rewrite configuration is associated with a source listener and is a global header rewrite. When you use a path-based routing rule, the header rewrite configuration is defined on the URL path map. In that case, it applies only to the specific path area of a site.

You can create multiple HTTP header rewrite sets and apply each rewrite set to multiple listeners. But you can apply only one rewrite set to a specific listener.

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Configure header rewrite

In this example, we'll modify a redirection URL by rewriting the location header in the HTTP response sent by a backend application.

  1. Select All resources, and then select your application gateway.

  2. Select Rewrites in the left pane.

  3. Select Rewrite set:

    Add rewrite set

  4. Provide a name for the rewrite set and associate it with a routing rule:

    • Enter the name for the rewrite set in the Name box.

    • Select one or more of the rules listed in the Associated routing rules list. You can select only rules that haven't been associated with other rewrite sets. The rules that have already been associated with other rewrite sets are dimmed.

    • Select Next.

      Add name and association

  5. Create a rewrite rule:

    • Select Add rewrite rule.

      Add rewrite rule

    • Enter a name for the rewrite rule in the Rewrite rule name box. Enter a number in the Rule sequence box.

      Add rewrite rule name

  6. In this example, we'll rewrite the location header only when it contains a reference to To do this, add a condition to evaluate whether the location header in the response contains

    • Select Add condition and then select the box containing the If instructions to expand it.

      Add a condition

    • In the Type of variable to check list, select HTTP header.

    • In the Header type list, select Response.

    • Because in this example we're evaluating the location header, which is a common header, select Common header under Header name.

    • In the Common header list, select Location.

    • Under Case-sensitive, select No.

    • In the Operator list, select equal (=).

    • Enter a regular expression pattern. In this example, we'll use the pattern (https?):\/\/.**)$.

    • Select OK.

      Configure an If condition

  7. Add an action to rewrite the location header:

    • In the Action type list, select Set.

    • In the Header type list, select Response.

    • Under Header name, select Common header.

    • In the Common header list, select Location.

    • Enter the header value. In this example, we'll use {http_resp_Location_1}://{http_resp_Location_2} as the header value. This value will replace with in the location header.

    • Select OK.

      Add an action

  8. Select Create to create the rewrite set:

    Select Create

  9. The Rewrite set view will open. Verify that the rewrite set you created is in the list of rewrite sets:

    Rewrite set view

Next steps

To learn more about how to set up some common use cases, see common header rewrite scenarios.