Community contributed extensions


play-vhost module adds ability to write applications which can serve content based
on HTTP/1.1 Host header field. Separate data source is maintained for each virtual host.
Also all static resource requests are intercepted and per-host content is served if one exists.
Configuration of name servers' A/CNAME records is not handled by the module.

Getting started

  1. Install the vhost module
  2. add ‘module.vhost=${play.path}/modules/vhost’ in application.conf file
  3. Create or modify conf/play.plugins file and put a line for activating plugin (XX:play.modules.vhost.VirtualHostsPlugin)
  4. Create virtual host configuration files. By default these files reside in “conf” directory.
You can specify another location by setting “virtualhosts.dir” parameter in conf/application.conf File name must have “.vhost” extension.

Virtual Host configuration file is a text file. It can hold the following parameters:

Mandatory. A list with virtual host’s fully qualified domain names.

Example: fqdns=vhost1,localhost

Optional. Here one can place virtual host specific files. For example custom templates or staticaly served files.

Example: /var/www/vhost1

Optional. Defines private virtual host JDBC data source. You have to omit “jdbc:” prefix.

Example: db.url=mysql://localhost/vhost1?useUnicode=true&characterEncoding=UTF-8

Optional. Username to be used when connecting to the data source defined with db.url

Optional. Password to be used when connecting to the data source defined with db.url

This file can contain any other configuration parameters which can be accessed via VirtualHost’s config() method.

Note: You have to make appropriate changes in your dns servers, responsible for domains hosted in your application. Alternatively (which of course will work locally only) you can modify your os' hosts file.


In any controller you can call static method VirtualHost.current(). This method takes “Host” request header field and tries to find a virtual host with that name. If such virtual host is defined a VirtualHost object is returned.
Alternatively when no request context is available you can call VirtualHost.find(name). Also VirtualHost.getAll() which returns an array of all defined virtual hosts.

Once you have a VirtualHost object you can:


This module uses external library JNotify for notification of file changes in order to update virtual host configurations dynamically.
It is a multi-platform library, currently running on both Linux and Windows. You have to setup java.library.path variable to point to libary’s binary files. This library is not required for module to work. The only part which will not function is dinamyc updates of virtual hosts when a configuration file is added/changed/removed. In such case the application has to be restarted.