Getting Started
Web Proxy

Adding a Web Proxy Source

Premium Feature

Web Proxy Source is currently available for imgix customers on our Premium plans. If you’re interested in this feature, please contact our sales team (opens in a new tab) to get more information on this feature.

A Web Proxy Source allows you to connect to any asset that is addressable through an accessible URL. You provide the entire URL of the original asset Origin Image in the path of the imgix request.

Setting Up Your Web Proxy Source

  1. Go to the Sources page (opens in a new tab) in the imgix dashboard and click the New Source button.

  2. Select Web Proxy from the Source Type dropdown. There are no parameters for the Web Proxy Source type. Screenshot-Web proxy source setup

  3. Name the Subdomain you'd like to use as the base URL for your assets.

  • Note: The subdomain name you choose is unique to your Source and can't be re-used. If you're setting up a Source with a lot of customization (particularly a Custom Domain), choose the name you plan to use going forward.
  • If you are editing an existing Source and the Video API is enabled, the imgix Video Subdomain field will be visible. This field automatically inherits the value from your imgix Image Subdomain and cannot be modified without changing the Image Subdomain.
  1. Click the Save button. Your Source will be queued for deployment and you will be directed to the Source Details page.


All Web Proxy Sources require URL signing, unlike the other Source types where it is optional (note that the Secure URLs box is checked and uneditable in the screen shot above). For information on securely signing imgix URLs, please see the Securing Assets guide.

Authenticating Requests to Your Origin

As an optional configuration step, you can set up authentication for imgix to securely fetch assets from your Origin. There are three available options: Basic Authentication, Custom Header Authentication, and Per-Request Signing.

Once configured, imgix will include additional headers in the request to your Origin. These header values can authenticate requests from our service, and can be configured in your dashboard.

Origin Authentication Headers

Here is an example header sent from a Web Folder Source with Origin Authentication configured:

  "headers": {
    "Authorization": "Basic <base_64_encoded_username_password>",
    "X-Imgix-Signature": "<your_signature>",
    "X-Imgix-Signature-Host": "<origin_host>",
    "X-Imgix-Signature-Request-Id": "<request_id>",
    "X-Imgix-Signature-Timestamp": "<timestamp>"
  • Basic Auth - Username: Username for basic authentication. Cannot contain the colon symbol (:) symbol or control characters as per the RFC 5234 specification (opens in a new tab)
  • Basic Auth - Password: Password for basic authentication. Cannot contain the colon symbol (:) symbol or control characters as per the RFC 5234 specification (opens in a new tab)
  • Request Handshake: Accepts up to 256 characters. See Custom Header Authentication.
  • Request Signing Key: Accepts up to a 32 character string with latin-1 characters. Can be generated using a bash command like openssl rand -base64 24. Used to generate a signature that will be sent as a header to your server. See Per-Request Signing.

Basic Authentication

Basic authentication is the easiest method to authenticate requests from the imgix service to your Origin. By specifying a username, imgix will include a Basic Authentication header in requests to your Origin. An example request looks like this:

"Authorization": "Basic dXNlcm5hbWVfZXhhbXBsZTpwYXNzd29yZF9leGFtcGxl"

In the example, dXNlcm5hbWVfZXhhbXBsZTpwYXNzd29yZF9leGFtcGxl is Base64 decoded to username_example:password_example.

The username and password values must not contain a colon, as the colon is reserved for separating the username and password in the Basic Authentication header. Additionally, the username and password MUST NOT contain any control characters as per the RFC 5234 specification (opens in a new tab).

Custom Header Value/Handshake Token

Another authentication method is to configure a request_handshake value in your Source settings. The request_handshake value gets sent in a request to your Origin as a header called X-Imgix-Origin-Secret, and accepts a string with up to 256 characters. This can be used as a way to set up custom authentication by checking for the presence of this header/value in requests to your Origin.

A request to your Origin with this header value will look like this:

"X-Imgix-Origin-Secret": "custom_origin_secret_value"

Per-Request Signing

An even more secure method is Per-Request signing. This allows you to use a request_signing_key to authenticate requests to your Origin. Note that while this is the most secure method available, it requires additional configuration outside of imgix in order to decrypt and authenticate the credentials.

The request_signing_key value accepts 32 latin-1 characters.

This will take a secret 32-character value and generate an HMAC-SHA256 digest signature on the request sent from imgix that can be verified to authenticate that the requests are coming from imgix.

When configured, imgix will include the following headers in requests to your Origin:

  • X-Imgix-Signature-Timestamp: Unix epoch seconds
  • X-Imgix-Signature-Request-Id: An imgix generated id for each request
  • X-Imgix-Signature: A version tag (v1) followed by the HMAC-SHA256 digest (all uppercase hex values) of the message <RequestId>.<Timestamp> signed with the secret key given to the endpoint.

Here is an example request sent from imgix:

"X-Imgix-Signature": "v1,23BDF62CBF5121A808C415B952956E52DDF7E733C7EA97F0D8F814BEDC237F9F",
"X-Imgix-Signature-Host": "",
"X-Imgix-Signature-Request-Id": "a3c1f07cd7f9dc17fe9352dd391aa052f90ba51df95231f09fadc760b8457564",
"X-Imgix-Signature-Timestamp": "1709332618"

Advanced Settings

See the Advanced Source Settings for information about setting up custom domains, defaults, and cache TTL options.