How do I redirect from http to https on apache2.

I need to redirect a website already up and running on a digital ocean server from to I’ve been working on it all day and have been able to generate an ssl certificate from lets encrypt and have stored it in a specific file in my directory. I know I need to give the server the location of the certificate but I dont know where I have to type that in. I tried following a tutorial but that doesnt seem to work either. On running a config test, I get an error saying that snakeoil.key (private key) file does not exist. Although when I sudo nano that file, I can see the key (it does exist!) I dont know what to do here anymore. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!


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Okay, can you remove the HTTPS (443) VirtualHost, since it doesn’t work currently and it’s just Let’s Encrypt. And remove the redirect VirtualHost that I posted. Now your site should just work with HTTP (80).

Then go and follow this tutorial:

In file put the following configuration:

<VirtualHost *:80>
        ServerName <ip_or_host>
        Redirect "/" "https://<ip_or_host>"

<VirtualHost *:443>
        ServerName <ip_or_host>
        DocumentRoot /var/www/whateverfolder
        SSLEngine on
        SSLCertificateFile      /etc/ssl/certs/apache-selfsigned.crt
        SSLCertificateKeyFile /etc/ssl/private/apache-selfsigned.key
        <Directory /var/www/whateverfolder/public>
           DirectoryIndex index.php
           AllowOverride All
           Require all granted

Some of the parameters have to be changed or commented out, depends on your previous configuration steps.

Hi @elecsoftconsult

Can you post your VirtualHost configurations (both the one for port 80 and 443). It will be easier to help then. Make sure your snakeoil.key file is readable by the same user/group as Apache, which is normally www-data

One way is to change your port 80 Virtualhost to this and restart Apache:

<VirtualHost *:80>
  Redirect permanent /