Setup ssl on nginx for a django project

Server Fault Asked by Mohammad Mahzoun on October 16, 2020

I want to setup ssl for Nginx, my project is a Django and I also use gunicorn as wsgi Http server.

I add following lines in my code :


I don’t know if it’s necessary to do this, then I configure my Nginx in the following form:

server {
    listen 80;
    server_name <name>;
    return 301 https://$host$request_uri;

server {
    #listen 80;
    listen 443 default ssl;
    client_max_body_size 4G;

    server_name <name>;

    #ssl                  on;
    ssl_certificate      /etc/nginx/ssl/ssl.crt;
    ssl_certificate_key  /etc/nginx/ssl/ssl.key;

    ssl_session_timeout  5m;

    ssl_protocols  TLSv1 TLSv1.1 TLSv1.2;
    ssl_ciphers         HIGH:!aNULL:!MD5;
    ssl_prefer_server_ciphers   on;
    keepalive_timeout 5;

# path for static files
    root /home/deploy/;

    location /static/ {
    location /media/ {

    location / {
        proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;
        #proxy_set_header Host $http_host;
        proxy_redirect off;
        proxy_set_header Host $host;
        proxy_pass http://app_server;

    error_page 500 502 503 504 /500.html;
    location = /500.html {
        root /home/deploy/static;

Nginx configure is correct I think because its redirect 80 to 443,but nothing happens, 80 request sent, then Nginx redirect it to 443, but nothing happen, it can’t connect to gunicorn or project.

Should I do something with gunicorn? my certificate is self-signed, or what should I do?

regards 🙂

One Answer

You need to add this section to your nginx configuration. upstream is used for proxying requests to your app referenced by proxy_pass:

    upstream app_server {
        server; // your gunicorn server

Answered by molivier on October 16, 2020

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