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Apache HTTP to HTTPS htaccess redirect on CWP – Centos WebPanel

In this tutorial we’ll perform redirect of  HTTP to HTTPS (mod_rewrite – Apache) htaccess rule on CWP, I’m assuming you’ve already installed ssl certs and enabled https support for your website if you not done it yet then stop here this can break websites if ssl is not already installed.

SSL is very important nowadays for better security and SEO benefits, if you didn’t installed ssl for your sites yet consider upgrading to https, this will build trust towards your visitors and google gives better ranking in search engine (I’m not a SEO expert but noticed this changes).

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Lets get started :

Using Apache as main server (only) :

Rewrite rule as follows, this need to be added in your sites .htaccess :

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTPS} off
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ https://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI} [L,R=301]

Forcing non www to www and https :

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTPS} off [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^www\. [NC]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^(?:www\.)?(.+)$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^ https://www.%1%{REQUEST_URI} [L,NE,R=301]

Forcing www to non www and https :

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTPS} off [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www\. [NC]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^(?:www\.)?(.+)$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^ https://%1%{REQUEST_URI} [L,NE,R=301]

this also add Permanent 301 Redirect.

If upper rules doesn’t works for your Websites And Getting “Too Many redirects” then you should consider below htaccess rule.

Using Apache as backend server behind NGINX/VARNISH server :

This need to be added in your sites .htaccess :

Rewrite rule as follows, this need to be added in your sites .htaccess :

SetEnvIf X-Forwarded-Proto "https" HTTPS=on
RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTPS} !=on
RewriteCond %{HTTP:X-Forwarded-Proto} !https [NC]
RewriteRule ^ https://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI} [L,R=301]

OR

RewriteCond %{HTTPS} off
RewriteCond %{HTTP:X-Forwarded-Proto} !https
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ https://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI} [NE,L,R=301]

OR

RewriteCond %{HTTP:X-Forwarded-Proto} =https
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI} [L,R=301]

To force all traffic to use both the www domain and SSL HTTPS, use the following rules:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^www\. [NC]
RewriteRule ^ https://www.%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI} [L,R=301]
RewriteCond %{HTTPS} !=on
RewriteCond %{HTTP:X-Forwarded-Proto} !https
RewriteRule ^ https://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI} [L,R=301]

To force all traffic to use non www domain and SSL HTTPS, use the following rules:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^domain\.tld$ [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www\.domain\.tld$
SetEnvIf X-Forwarded-Proto "https" HTTPS=on
RewriteCond %{HTTPS} !=on
RewriteCond %{HTTP:X-Forwarded-Proto} !https [NC]
RewriteRule ^ https://domain.tld/$1 [L,R=301]

OR

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^domain\.tld$ [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www\.domain\.tld$
SetEnvIf X-Forwarded-Proto "https" HTTPS=on
RewriteCond %{HTTPS} !=on
RewriteCond %{HTTP:X-Forwarded-Proto} !https [NC]
RewriteRule ^ https://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI} [L,R=301]

replace “domain\.tld” with domain name and tld eg “mysterydata\.com”

Hope this Post was helpful, stay tuned will be more in future.

Sandeep B.

I'm a system admin and php developer and currently working as System Admin In CWP Control panel, expertise in Linux and Windows administration RHEL certified admin.

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16 Comments

      1. Thanks for your quick reply.
        Yes, I have tried it here before but it does not work. After changing I have restarted apache then also it’s redirect to IP address only.

  1. Hi,
    Can I ask, where is the folder that contains the .htaccess file located on CWP?
    I see the Wiki for CWP is just located at /usr/local/apache/htdocs/.htaccess
    But I tried your methods still not working.

      1. Hi,
        Is CWP root directory located at:
        / usr / local / apache / htdocs /
        Right, did you create the file there?
        If I said it in the right place, I would have tried it and still couldn’t.

  2. You asked yourself, I want to change http to https of webmail in CWP, how about it?
    I tried following your .htaccess but failed.
    i use Apache.
    Thank you so much.

  3. Dear,
    I am Using Apache as backend server behind NGINX/VARNISH server in CWP.
    I use this method:

    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteCond %{HTTPS} off [OR]
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www\. [NC]
    RewriteRule ^ https://admin.example.com%{REQUEST_URI} [R=301,L,NE]

    but it does not work. The url forced to https://admin.example.com but the it shows error content.
    In firefox with private window with clear cache and cookie:
    The page isn’t redirecting properly
    An error occurred during a connection to admin.example.com.
    This problem can sometimes be caused by disabling or refusing to accept cookies.

    Any one help me, please.

    Thanks,

  4. I used the below code and it’s working sucessfully:

    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteCond %{HTTPS} off [OR]
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www\. [NC]
    RewriteRule ^ https://example.com%{REQUEST_URI} [R=301,L,NE]

  5. Using Apache as backend server behind NGINX/VARNISH server and using the below config only working for http://www.domain.com but not working for domain.com:

    RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^www\. [NC]
    RewriteRule ^ https://www.%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI} [L,R=301]
    RewriteCond %{HTTP:X-Forwarded-Proto} !https
    RewriteRule ^ https://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI} [L,R=301]

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