Thursday 30 October 2014

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How To Configure SSL with NGINX IN RAILS

In our previous post,we have learnt how to use ssl in a rails application by modifiying application server and application configurations.

In this post we will be configuring/bypassing Proxy for using ssl in an web server.

We will be using Nginx for our configuration.

To configure an HTTPS server, the ssl parameter must be enabled on listening sockets in the server block, and the locations of the server certificate and private key files should be specified.

Generate your ssl keys using the previous post and copy over the files to nginx directory.

Download the nginx.conf file , take back up of your existing configuration and replace it .

Steps to follow:
1. Add the number of worker process you need by default it should be 1. e.g worker_processes 4;
2. Make sure that path of ssl_certificate & ssl_certificate_key are correct.
3. Create dir/entry for access_log & error_log.
4. In the upstream section you can configure your server address with port for https, like this
   upstream proxy_pass_server {
            server fail_timeout=0;
Here I am pointing to localhost port 3000 and added server_name in Server Section of configuration

Now , Start your rails server independent of application server in 3000 port and type https://localhost

Your application Now runs on HTTPS .

Thanks to Santosh for writing this post .

REFER NGINX For more Details