Spring – HATEOAS paths are invalid when using an API Gateway in a Spring Boot app

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I have two spring boot applications where one of them is acting as an API Gateway (as discussed here Spring Example). The other which is wired into the first one is exposing a profile service using spring-data-rest (spring-data-neo4j-rest).

The first application is starting on port 8080 and is using zuul to route requests to the second as follows:

zuul:
  routes:
    profiles:
      path: /profiles/**
      url: http://localhost:8083/profiles/  

This all works fine and requests to http://localhost:8080/profiles are being served from the second app. The problem though is that the HATEOAS links in the response are incorrect. The response from calling that second service are correct:

{
    "_links": {
        "self": {
            "href": "http://localhost:8083/profiles{?page,size,sort}",
            "templated": true
        },
        "search": {
            "href": "http://localhost:8083/profiles/search"
        }
    },
    "_embedded": {
        "profiles": [
            {
                "name": "Andrew Rutter",
                "_links": {
                    "self": {
                        "href": "http://localhost:8083/profiles/0"
                    }
                }
            },
            {
                "name": "Andrew Rutter",
                "_links": {
                    "self": {
                        "href": "http://localhost:8083/profiles/1"
                    }
                }
            }
        ]
    },
    "page": {
        "size": 20,
        "totalElements": 2,
        "totalPages": 1,
        "number": 0
    }
}

But when this comes back to my API Gateway, the links are being rewritten to

{
  "name": "Andrew Rutter",
  "_links": {
    "self": {
      "href": "http://localhost:8080/profiles/profiles/0"
    }
  }
}

Which is the gateway path alias plus the actual service base Uri. Am I missing a zuul option to disable that behavior and just leave the hateoas uri in place with a host adjustment. Or is there a way for my service behind the gateway to be wired to / rather then the default resource endpoint of /profiles (in this case) which would avoid the undesirable path being added in.

Thanks!

Best Solution

Zuul or Spring-Cloud adds the "X-Forwarded-Host" header to all the forwarded requests, which Spring-hateoas respects and modifies the links appropriately. To quote from Spring-Cloud docs:

The X-Forwarded-Host header added to the forwarded requests by default. To turn it off set zuul.addProxyHeaders = false. The prefix path is stripped by default, and the request to the backend picks up a header "X-Forwarded-Prefix" ("/myusers" in the examples above).

You can try the recommended fix, which is to set the zuul.addProxyHeaders=false

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