This is a quick little post to document something I’ve found handy! A common way to issue a Let’s Encrypt cert and get things to load on Reclaim Cloud over HTTPS is to use an NGINX Load Balancer. Here’s an example environment, one I use to run Foundry Virtual Tabletop:

screenshot of an environment in reclaim cloud with an nginx load balancer, and node application server

The trick is some applications that you run won’t automatically redirect URLs with HTTP to HTTPS, so you have to manually type HTTPS in your address bar. Turns out, with a quick config change in NGINX, you can have the load balancer redirect all HTTP requests to HTTPS!

The first step is to use the config panel to make a new file in the conf.d folder for nginx. I called mine redirect.conf.

an animation showing creating the blank redirect.conf file

Then you can put the following text in the file and save the file:

server {
       listen *:80 default_server;
       access_log /var/log/nginx/redirect.access_log main;
       error_log /var/log/nginx/redirect.error_log info;
       location / {
         rewrite ^ https://$host$request_uri? permanent;

Then, click the Restart Node button for the NGINX node in Reclaim Cloud, and you are all set!