Troubleshooting Guide: Server Gave HTTP Response to HTTPS Client - Causes and Solutions

When developing web applications, you might encounter an error that says "Server gave HTTP response to HTTPS client." This error occurs when the server sends an HTTP response to a client that expects an HTTPS response. This guide will help you understand the causes of this error and provide step-by-step solutions to fix it.

Table of Contents

  1. Causes of the Error
  2. Solutions to Fix the Error
  1. FAQ

Causes of the Error

There are several reasons why the server might send an HTTP response to an HTTPS client, including:

  1. The server is configured to use HTTP instead of HTTPS, which leads to a mismatch between the requested protocol and the server's response.
  2. The SSL/TLS certificate is not properly configured on the server, causing the server to revert to using HTTP.
  3. The application code is configured to use HTTP instead of HTTPS, causing the server to respond with the wrong protocol.

Solutions to Fix the Error

To fix the "Server gave HTTP response to HTTPS client" error, you need to address the causes mentioned above. Here are the solutions for each cause:

Redirect HTTP to HTTPS

To ensure that all incoming HTTP requests are automatically redirected to HTTPS, you can set up a redirect rule on your web server. The process of setting up a redirect rule varies depending on the web server you are using. Here are the redirect rules for some popular web servers:


Add the following code to your .htaccess file:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTPS} off
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ https://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI} [L,R=301]


Add the following code to your Nginx server block:

server {
    listen 80;
    return 301 https://$host$request_uri;


Add the following code to your web.config file:

            <rule name="HTTP to HTTPS redirect" stopProcessing="true"> 
               <match url="(.*)" /> 
                  <add input="{HTTPS}" pattern="off" ignoreCase="true" /> 
               <action type="Redirect" redirectType="Found" url="https://{HTTP_HOST}/{R:1}" /> 

Configure SSL/TLS Certificates

To ensure that your server is using HTTPS, you need to correctly configure an SSL/TLS certificate. This involves obtaining a certificate from a trusted certificate authority (CA) and installing it on your server.

Obtain an SSL/TLS certificate from a trusted CA, such as Let's Encrypt, DigiCert, or GlobalSign.

Install the certificate on your web server. The installation process varies depending on the web server you are using. Refer to the documentation for your specific web server for installation instructions:

Update Your Application Code

If your application code is using HTTP instead of HTTPS, you need to update the code to use HTTPS. This involves changing the URLs in your code to use the https:// protocol instead of http://. Additionally, ensure that any third-party libraries or APIs you are using also support HTTPS.


1. What is the difference between HTTP and HTTPS?

HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol) is a protocol used for transmitting data over the internet. HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) is an encrypted version of HTTP that uses SSL/TLS certificates to ensure secure communication between the server and the client.

2. How do I know if my website is using HTTPS?

You can check if your website is using HTTPS by looking at the address bar in your browser. If your website is using HTTPS, you will see a padlock icon and the https:// protocol in the address bar.

3. Can I use a self-signed SSL/TLS certificate?

While you can create a self-signed SSL/TLS certificate, it is not recommended for production environments as they are not trusted by browsers and can lead to security warnings. Use a certificate from a trusted CA for your production environment.

4. How do I renew my SSL/TLS certificate?

The process of renewing an SSL/TLS certificate varies depending on the CA you are using. Refer to the documentation provided by your CA for instructions on how to renew your certificate.

5. Can I use HTTPS with a custom domain?

Yes, you can use HTTPS with a custom domain. You need to obtain an SSL/TLS certificate for your custom domain and install it on your web server.

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