Jesse Lawson

Bestselling author and open-source evangelist.

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:

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;
}

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.