How To Forward Request IP From NGINX To Node.js Application?

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I have NGINX running as reverse proxy which forwards all http and https traffic to my node.js application, which listens to localhost:port

However the issue I have is that the node.js application sees all incoming requests as coming from ::ffff:

How can I change the NGINX config such that the real IP will be passed through and forwarded to the node.js application?

server {
    listen 80;
    listen [::]:80;
    listen 443;
    listen [::]:443;

    root /var/www/;
    index index.html index.htm;


location / {
proxy_set_header X-Real-IP $remote_addr;
    proxy_pass http://localhost:myport;
    proxy_http_version 1.1;
    proxy_set_header Upgrade $http_upgrade;
    proxy_set_header Connection 'upgrade';
    proxy_set_header Host $host;
    proxy_cache_bypass $http_upgrade;

 # Requests for are passed on to Node on port x
  location ~* \.io {
  proxy_set_header X-Real-IP   $remote_addr;
  proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;
  proxy_set_header Host $http_host;
  proxy_set_header X-NginX-Proxy true;

  proxy_pass http://localhost:myport;
  proxy_redirect off;

  proxy_http_version 1.1;
  proxy_set_header Upgrade $http_upgrade;
  proxy_set_header Connection "upgrade";


Edit: The express.js/node.js application processes req.ip and has app.enable('trust proxy'); at startup



Express.js official site has this guide. Instructions:

  1. app.set('trust proxy', true) in js.
  2. proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-For $remote_addr in nginx.conf
  3. You can now read-off the client IP address from req.ip property