Redirect HTTP to HTTPS in Apache

Dec 28, 2021 · 1 min read · Post a comment
Redirect HTTP to HTTPS in Apache

Securing your website by setting redirect from HTTP to HTTPS in Apache can be achieved easily if your SSL certificate is generated and ready to use. It can be done using a virtual host and .htaccess. I’m going to cover both of them.


  • Apache
  • Generated SSL Certificate


First step is to enable the mod_rewrite module.

  • Debian based:
    sudo a2enmod rewrite
  • RHEL based:
    Open the httpd.conf file and ensure that you have the following line:
    LoadModule rewrite_module modules/

Redirect HTTP to HTTPS using Apache Virtual Host

Using a virtual host is the most common and preferred way of redirecting the traffic from HTTP to HTTPS in Apache.

Open the following virtual host files:

  • RHEL based distro : /etc/httpd/conf.d
  • Debian base distro : /etc/apache2/sites-available

and use the config below:

<VirtualHost *:80> 

  Redirect permanent /

<VirtualHost *:443>

  Protocols h2 http/1.1
  # Load the SSL Path Config

Restart the Apache Server.

  • Debian based:
    sudo systemctl reload apache2
  • RHEL based:
    sudo systemctl reload httpd

Redirect HTTP to HTTPS using .htaccess

Put the following lines in your .htaccess file:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTPS} off
RewriteRule ^(.*)$$1 [L,R=301]


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