How to setup ssl (HTTPS) on 1-click install Gitea droplet?

I have a 1-click install droplet with Gitea, but it only works over HTTP how can I set it up to work over HTTPS?

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I have figured out how to set it up (but I think it only works with domain names though…) And don’t use the 1-click droplet, instead create a standard ubuntu 18.04 droplet :

Initial updates & installs

apt-get update
apt-get upgrade
apt-get autoremove
apt-get install nginx

Set up users

adduser git
sudo usermod -aG sudo git

Folder structure setup

cd ~
sudo mkdir -p /var/lib/gitea/{custom,data,indexers,public,log}
sudo chown git:git /var/lib/gitea/{data,indexers,log}
sudo chmod 750 /var/lib/gitea/{data,indexers,log}
sudo mkdir /etc/gitea
sudo chown root:git /etc/gitea
sudo chmod 770 /etc/gitea


sudo service nginx enable
sudo service nginx start
sudo service nginx status
sudo rm /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/default

Gitea installation

sudo wget -O gitea
sudo chmod +x gitea
sudo cp gitea /usr/local/bin/gitea

ssl (Only for domain names)

sudo service nginx stop
sudo apt install certbot python-certbot-nginx
sudo certbot certonly --standalone -d [domain name]
sudo service nginx start
touch /etc/nginx/sites-available/git
sudo nano /etc/nginx/sites-available/git

Paste in this code and replace [YOUR-DOMAIN-HERE] with ex. (your domain name)

*server {
listen 443 ssl; server_name [YOUR-DOMAIN-HERE]; ssl_certificate /etc/letsencrypt/live/[YOUR-DOMAIN-HERE]/fullchain.pem; ssl_certificate_key /etc/letsencrypt/live/[YOUR-DOMAIN-HERE]/privkey.pem;

location / {
    proxy_set_header  X-Real-IP  $remote_addr;
    proxy_pass http://localhost:3000;


Redirect HTTP requests to HTTPS

server {
listen 80; server_name [YOUR-DOMAIN-HERE]; return 301 https://$host$request_uri; } *

sudo ln -s /etc/nginx/sites-available/git /etc/nginx/sites-enabled
sudo service nginx restart

start gitea

sudo gitea web

I have the same issue and the link above does not work. I tried everything from the official Gitea Docs but it simply does not work. Can anyone please provide some more details?

Bobby Iliev
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June 28, 2019


There are a few ways to achive that, you could take a look at the Gitea official documentation on how to do this here:

Let me know if something is not clear and I’ll be happy to help!

Regards, Bobby

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