Jesse Lawson

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Jul 16, 2015 - blog

Nginx - Proper 443 (HTTPS) and WWW Redirecting

Recently I was working on a project that required an Nginx server to redirect all traffic to https://domain.com, and by all traffic I mean anything that did not start with https://domain.com needed to be rewritten to that. This included:

  • http://www.domain.com and http://domain.com
  • https://www.domain.com

To do this, the configuation file on Nginx should look like this:

{% highlight nginx %} server { listen 80; server_name domain.com www.domain.com; return 301 https://domain.com$request_uri; } server { listen 443 ssl; ssl on; ssl_certificate /path/to/your.crt; ssl_certificate_key /path/to/your.key;

        server_name www.domain.com;
        return 301 https://domain.com$request_uri;
  }
  server {
        listen 443 ssl;
        ssl on;
        ssl_certificate /path/to/your.crt;
        ssl_certificate_key /path/to/your.key;
        server_name domain.com;
  }

{% endhighlight %}

Note that you can switch around the settings for the two two 443 blocks and instead force it to write to www; I’m a fan of excluding it.