Nginx https to http

I have an issue with a freshly configured Nginx setup on Ubuntu 16.04. My site loads fine using http, but I get a connection refused error when I access it using https. I don’t need https at the moment, so I would like to redirect these request to http.

My server block looks almost exactly like the LEMP tutorial ( with the addition of a condition that checks for https, then redirects to http. For some reason, this is not working for me. Any help would be appreciated!

See my edited down server block:

server {
        listen 80 default_server;
        listen [::]:80 default_server;


        if ( $https = "on" ) {
                return 301 http://$host$request_uri;

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@pixelment @jtittle You should setup Lets Encrypt - and keep your site on HTTPS-only (with a redirect from HTTP). There’s multiple advantages to HTTPS - first is that it allows http/2, which is version 2 of the HTTP protocol. This will speed up your site a lot, since all files on the site’s connection is streamed through the same tunnel. And search engines are actually preferring HTTPS, so you’ll get a lower ranking if you don’t have it.

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With the server block provided, SSL isn’t configured, thus will not work. If you’re not listening on port 443, then SSL/HTTPS is not active, thus requests for it will result in an error.

Instead of trying to trying to redirect HTTPS => HTTP, I would simply recommend setting up SSL and not worrying about redirects that are typically not standard and may cause issues.