Domain masking middleware for Drupal 8

2.0.1 2023-03-14 15:20 UTC



This module allows domain masking in Drupal 8 for environments where Drupal is not running under Apache, or where the hosting configuration is unavailable.

Typically domain masking can be facilitated by adding a few lines to a .htaccess or nginx.conf file; however, if that method is unavailable, this module allows Drupal to be aware of changes to the host and to persist those changes when generating redirects.

Installing the module

The module can be installed by downloading this module and placing directly in modules/contrib (or wherever you have decided to store modules in your filesystem). You can also install via composer by running:

composer require pantheon-systems/pantheon_domain_masking

Enabling and Configuring the module

Once the module has been installed to the filesystem, it can be enabled like any other contrib module. However, this will not enable the domain masking functionality. Once the module is active, the config page for the module (/admin/config/pantheon-domain-masking/options) will allow you to enter the public-facing domain name. You will need to toggle the Enable domain masking? field on this page to enable the middleware.

Alternatively, you may configure the module in your settings.php file (or another file imported by settings.php) by using Drupal's Configuration Override System. Specify values in settings.php like this:

$config['pantheon_domain_masking.settings']['domain'] = '';
$config['pantheon_domain_masking.settings']['subpath'] = 'bar';

When you load the configuration page you'll find that the options you set in settings.php appear in the form and that the form inputs are disabled.

Available Config Overrides

  • domain: The public facing domain.
  • subpath: The subpath for Drupal. DO NOT include the leading /.
  • allow_platform: Allow platform access.

Cache Context

If allow_platform is enabled, you will need to add in renderer.config.required_cache_context (located in sites/default/services.yml) to prevent cache primed in platform domain to be served in public facing domain and vice versa.

    # Renderer required cache contexts:
    # The Renderer will automatically associate these cache contexts with every
    # render array, hence varying every render array by these cache contexts.
    # @default ['languages:language_interface', 'theme', 'user.permissions']
    required_cache_contexts: ['', 'languages:language_interface', 'theme', 'user.permissions']


Assume a site is running on Pantheon with a live environment address of Assume the public-facing domain you wish to use is In this case, you would enter in the Public-facing domain: field. Once the Enable domain masking? field is set to Yes, Drupal will use in generating any internal redirects.

Allowing platform access

Under normal circumstances, this module will force all requests to use the masked domain. However, if you wish to access this site via Pantheon's platform domain (ending in without going through the masked domain, set the Allow Platform domain access? field to Yes.


Following the example above, suppose the public-facing domain was masking two different Pantheon environments, eg. and Navigating to would resolve to whatever backend the edge server chose for that request and, depending on the configuration (eg. round-robin) may not be consistent from request to request. In order to manage both the A and B sites directly, the Allow Platform domain access? field would need to be set to Yes on both sites, and content managers would need to access or directly to manage those specific instances.