How to set up Nginx behind a Digital Ocean Load Balancer with SSL Termination

Hi there,

I have set up a load balancer with SSL termination. Behind this I have set up an Node Express server using NGinx as a reverse proxy to allow traffic from port 80 to redirect to my Express server running on port 4000. I have set this up using the NGINXConfig tool, config found here

When I visit the website on my frontend however (, the request to my express server ( is blocked by CORS, specifically:

Response to preflight request doesn't pass access control check: No 'Access-Control-Allow-Origin' header is present on the requested resource. If an opaque response serves your needs, set the request's mode to 'no-cors' to fetch the resource with CORS disabled.

Oddly, when I had this set up with HTTPS between my NGinx proxy and the loadbalancer (without SSL Termination on the load balancer) this worked fine and I did not see CORS errors.

I assume this is down to the /etc/nginx/ file created by the NGINXConfig tool and the fact that the connection goes from HTTPS to HTTP, however I do not know what the correct secure config here should be and was wondering if anyone could help out?


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Hi there,

There are a few things that I could suggest:

  • As you are using express, there are CORS modules available that’ll ensure preflight responses are correct as well as actual responses. Like this one here:

  • In your API you could add the following headers:
response.setHeader("Access-Control-Allow-Origin", "*");
response.setHeader("Access-Control-Allow-Credentials", "true");
response.setHeader("Access-Control-Allow-Methods", "GET,HEAD,OPTIONS,POST,PUT");
response.setHeader("Access-Control-Allow-Headers", "Access-Control-Allow-Headers, Origin,Accept, X-Requested-With, Content-Type, Access-Control-Request-Method, Access-Control-Request-Headers");
  • Try enabling Proxy Protocol for your Load Balancer.

Let me know how it goes. Regards, Bobby