How do I force SSL on my Nginx server?

September 18, 2018 2k views

My server is all set up for the most part, except one thing. The only thing I still have to do is add SSL to it so that I can make it more secure.

I used the Vesta control panel to generate my CSR key, which I then linked to my SSL that I got from namecheap. I did the email confirmation and all that, and it says my website has SSL support according to the vesta cp. However, when I go to, it says my website connection is not secure. For reference, after I installed and activated the SSL, I was told to follow this guide:

I followed step 1, which was to install a custom nginx template. I then inputted these commands:

cd /usr/local/vesta/data/templates/web
tar -xzvf nginx.tar.gz
rm -f nginx.tar.gz

The steps after I inputted those commands are listed as so:

  1. Create new package or set force-https as nginx template in the existing package
  2. Add new user and assing him package with force-https template
  3. Add new domain with SSL certificate and check the result

I have no idea how to do this. I know how to edit my conf. files by using sudo nano and all that, so I am not a total noob when it comes to CLI.

Any help would be appreciated, this is the last building block that I have to overcome before I can put my website into work. After I did the rm -f nginx.tar.gz command, I have no idea what to do next. Any help would be appreciated.

For reference for what to install the SSL keys, I followed this:

1 Answer


Here’s a step by step instructions guide on how to install an SSL on Nginx:

Then once you have your SSL installed, you could adjust your port 80 server block and add the HTTPS redirect there:

server {
    listen      80;
    return 301 https://$server_name$request_uri;

This would basically force your http traffic to https.

Hope that this helps!

by Mitchell Anicas
This tutorial will show you how to acquire and install an SSL certificate from a trusted, commercial Certificate Authority (CA). SSL certificates allow web servers to encrypt their traffic, and also offer a mechanism to validate server identities to their visitors. The...
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