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From David Benfell <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] Apache2 listening on 80(http) and 443(https)
Date Sat, 02 Apr 2016 04:27:38 GMT
On 04/01/2016 09:00 PM, Brandon L. Wisenburg wrote:
> Hi Everyone!
> I have converted my website to SSL, and I go the virtual host setup
> and SSL working in Apache. When someone uses they
> get a connection refused, because of course the server isn't listening
> on 80, as i have it setup for SSL (443)
> How would I make apache listen on http(80), but re-direct anyone that
> hits http to https.
> Is it possible to have apache listen on both 80 and 443?
Yes, absolutely. I do this routinely for all my sites. I have a highly
compartmentalized configuration but hopefully you'll get the gist of it.
This is what I use at the top level for

    Include    sites-available/
    Include sites-available/force-ssl-common
    Include sites-available/
    Include    sites-available/
    Include sites-available/ssl-common
    Include sites-available/

As you can see, I have multiple Listen declarations and multiple virtual
hosts. But the real magic (which probably isn't so magical if you
actually understand this stuff) is in force-ssl-common:

        <IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
                RewriteEngine on
                ReWriteCond %{SERVER_PORT} !^443$
                RewriteRule ^/(.*) https://%{HTTP_HOST}/$1 [NC,R,L]

I don't use SNI basically because I started hosting these sites before
SNI was widely available and even when it started becoming widely
available it seemed broken (I gather this is no longer the case). I
don't know how or if that would change this configuration.

David Benfell, Ph.D.

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