After successful installation, https isn't working


I followed instructions here, It was successful. I can now see all http redirects permanently to https, however in the https Chome says it isn’t reachable.

Here’s my port 80 virtualhost

<VirtualHost *:80>
    ServerAdmin webmaster@localhost
    RedirectMatch permanent ^/(.*)$1

    ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/error.log
    CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/access.log combined
    # RewriteEngine on
    # RewriteCond %{SERVER_NAME}
    # RewriteRule ^ https://%{SERVER_NAME}%{REQUEST_URI} [END,NE,R=permanent]

Here’s my port 443

<VirtualHost *:443>
    DocumentRoot /var/www/production/api/public

    # this is where our front-end is
    Alias "/public" "/var/www/production/public"
    # this is where the admin pages are
    Alias "/admin" "/var/www/production/admin/app"

    <Directory "/var/www/production/api/public">
           Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews
           AllowOverride All

    ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/error.log
    CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/access.log combined
    SSLCertificateFile /etc/letsencrypt/live/
    SSLCertificateKeyFile /etc/letsencrypt/live/
    Include /etc/letsencrypt/options-ssl-apache.conf
<VirtualHost *:443>
    RedirectMatch permanent ^/(.*)$1

    ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/error.log
    CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/access.log combined
    SSLCertificateFile /etc/letsencrypt/live/
    SSLCertificateKeyFile /etc/letsencrypt/live/
    Include /etc/letsencrypt/options-ssl-apache.conf

My domain is:

I ran this command:

It produced this output:

My web server is (include version): Apache/2.4.18

The operating system my web server runs on is (include version): Ubuntu 16.04 LTS xenial

My hosting provider, if applicable, is:

I can login to a root shell on my machine (yes or no, or I don’t know): yes

I’m using a control panel to manage my site (no, or provide the name and version of the control panel): no



you’ve got some wierd apache confs and i can’t even connect to your https version of website (Connection timeout) (Something / Firewall filtered your port 443 connections)

This is fine

But why do you have two port 443 configs with exact servername(alias) set?

P.S. I personally suggest you do redirects in .htaccess file. (Since it can be flexible)

Thank you


The second 443 block is redirecting 443 to 443
That is an endless loop.


Nope. It’s not endless loop. It’s working in port 80. However, while I was in the kitchen, I remembered port 443 is being blocked by firewall. So here it’s working already. Thanks everyone.


While I was in the kitchen, I remembered port 443 is being blocked by firewall.
To answer your suggestion to use .htaccess, I don’t intend to do it that way because it’s configured by Laravel app. So it’s not advisable.

I also use exact same ServerName and ServerAlias because I’m only catching the “/(.*)” part. You may check on the Alias directive.


I’m sure I don’t understand your logic, nor why both blocks can’t be merged into one block.
Nor why, if you are already redirecting from port (ALL):80 to (www):443, then this second 443 block is only for the root domain(:443) to www.domain(:443) redirection.
Based on the code shown, anyone hitting www.domain(:443)/some/other/file should be stuck in a loop.
Unless you did not show all of the code in the blocks.
But even so, why not combine them into one block?
-still confused


I haven’t tried disabling the port 80 (a2dissite), will it automatically redirects to port (www):443? I tried disabling it, the default page in the /var/www/html/index.php is the one that is showing.

Can you check if hitting www.domain(:443)/some/other/file be stuck in a loop? I checked it, it’s not.

Why not combine them? Actually when I was first studying the Apache VirtualHost some 2 years ago that’s the first config that runs okay. So I didn’t change anymore until now. There maybe other way, but I didn’t bother anymore.

But yes you are correct, I can actually combine by removing the second VirtualHost block. I tried changing it, it’s working. Thanks for bringing it up.


Not sure I learned anything…
But I’m glad to have helped (even if only just a little)


I just answered your questions above.


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