apache redirect https to http

I have a new Ubuntu web server running with Apache.
I have setup 1 website using the default conf file.

I want to make sure that if anyone visits the domian using httpS that it redirects to http.

I don't have any SSL certificates and am not planning on using any.

can someone advise how to do this?


Steve TinsleyAsked:
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Jim RiddlesPrepress/OMS SpecialistCommented:
You can add a definition for the SSL version of your site in your config and use a redirect like the following:
<VirtualHost *:443>
  Redirect permanent / http://www.yoursite.com

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I actually do the opposite of this for my sites, by redirecting all of the traffic for the non-SSL site to the https version.
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
You can not do that.  HTTPS requires the secure connection be made before you can do anything else.  And if you don't have a certificate to support HTTPS, then the connection will never be made and it will fail.
Jim RiddlesPrepress/OMS SpecialistCommented:
Ah, thanks...I had never tried it in reverse.
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Steve TinsleyAuthor Commented:
the server is running in a closed environment so there is no need for an ssl.

if I want to redirect from https to http is there a simple solution?? perhaps a selfsigned ssl??

any thoughts?
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
What is the likelyhood of clients trying to connect with HTTPS?  If it is low or none, I wouldn't bother to get or create a certificate just for a redirect.
Steve TinsleyAuthor Commented:
unfortunately everyone will.
I have 100 iPads all with bookmarked URL that point to https. but this time the server is local so it currently doesn't have an ssl.
Jim RiddlesPrepress/OMS SpecialistCommented:
If the server has access to the internet, you can use a free SSL certificate from Let's Encrypt.  See their site for details.
Let's Encrypt
Steve TinsleyAuthor Commented:
yes I thought that.
yes it can have access to the web... but not always.

would it work if, once the SSL was added, there was no internet.

obviously I would need to connect to renew every 3months or so??
Jason CarsonComputer TechnicianCommented:
Oops Jim, I didn't mean to hit the endorse button.
Jim RiddlesPrepress/OMS SpecialistCommented:

Yes, it will continue to work if you lose internet access intermittently.  Yes, you would need to renew the cert every three months, as well.
Steve TinsleyAuthor Commented:
Basically I have a server in the cloud and a local server.

The cloud server I have setup an ssl with lets encrypt, and this works fine.
The local server I want access-able with the same domain/url as the cloud server, but only when on my local lan otherwise the cloud server will pick it up (I can do this with my internal dns).

Currently If I try and setup a lets encrypt for the local server is doesn't let me because the domain resolves with the cloud server.
I could do a self sign for my local server, but then the user will get an 'Insecure Message'

Am I able to get the same lets encrypt ssl on the internal server as well?? How do I go about doing this??

I could temporally direct the domain to my local server (when it is connected to the web). And then once setup point back?
I suppose I could copy the ssl from the cloud server to the internal? Is this very complex, or is it just one file? Would this work??


Prabhin MPDevOps EngineerCommented:
Configure in apache configuration file or .htaccess file in web root directory

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTPS} on
RewriteRule (.*) http://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI} [R=301,L]

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Jim RiddlesPrepress/OMS SpecialistCommented:
Prabhin MP's solution is the best solution for this question.
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