Redirecting from HTTP to HTTPS

  • Posted on February 8, 2015
  • SherlasmAsked by Sherlasm


I have an SSL certificate from a vendor installed and I want all visitors who come via HTTP to be redirected to HTTPS website-wide, but no matter what I try, I cannot figure out how to do it here. After more than a day trying many suggestions from numerous forums and Digital Ocean’s tutorials, I still cannot get it and I am running out of options. I tried:

a) The permanent redirect in the port 80 Host configuration file( “Redirect permanent /" That always results in a redirect loop.

b) I have tried implementing numerous suggestions from multiple forums and blogs as to rewriting rules in Again, I either get the loop, or no redirecting to HTTPS.

c) I tried editing the .httaccess file. No redirecting to HTTPS.

Can anyone provide a substantive guide as to how to trouble shoot this?

My configuration is underneath the line below.THANKS!


I have two virtual hosts, one for port 80 ( etc/apache2/sites-available/ and another for port 443( /sites-available/mysite-sll.conf).

The port 80 host’s configuration is as follows:

ServerName ServerAlias DocumentRoot /var/www/mysite/public <Directory /var/www/mysite/public>

Options +FollowSymLinks RewriteEngine On RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f RewriteRule ^ index.php [L] </Directory>

The port 443 host’s configuration is as follows:

<IfModule mod_ssl.c> <VirtualHost default:443>

ServerName ServerAlias DocumentRoot /var/www/mysite/public SSLEngine on SSLCertificateFile /etc/ssl/private/mysite_com.crt SSLCertificateKeyFile /etc/ssl/private/ SSLCertificateChainFile /etc/ssl/private/client.crt

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In your port 80 virtualhost I would recommend replacing:

Options +FollowSymLinks
RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{REQUESTFILENAME} !-d
RewriteCond %{REQUESTFILENAME} !-f
RewriteRule ^ index.php [L]


RewriteEngine on

# force ssl
RewriteCond     %{SERVER_PORT} ^80$
RewriteRule     ^(.*)$ https://%{SERVER_NAME}%{REQUEST_URI} [L,R]

In order for this to work you will need to ensure that you have the rewrite module active in apache:

a2enmod rewrite

and once you have made the changes you will want to restart apache for them to take effect:

service apache2 restart

@ryanpq , thanks it worked

@ryanpq - Worked like a charm! So easy but for a novice this is a wealth of value! Thank you!!!