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sudo snap install https-forward

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A forwarding HTTPS server using Let's Encrypt

Provides a forwarding HTTPS server which transparently fetches and caches certificates via Let's Encrypt. This must run on 443 and 80 (http:// just forwards to https://, no forwarding happens unencrypted) and can't coexist with any other web server on your machine.

Why? This is so you can host random and long-lived services publicly on the internet—perfect for other services which are served on http://, don't care about certificates or HTTPS at all, and might be provided by Node or Go on a random high port (e.g., some dumb service running on localhost:8080).

Note! This doesn't magic up domain names. You would use this service only if you're able to point DNS records to the IP address of a machine you're running this on, and that the machine is able to handle incoming requests on port 443 and 80 (e.g., on a home network, you'd have to set up port forwarding on your router).

Configure this via /var/snap/https-forward/common/config, which is empty after install. It should be authored like this:

 # hostname            forward-to          optional-basic-auth      localhost:8080  user:pass localhost:9002      user       # accepts any password

 # Specify host with '.' to suffix all following
 test                  localhost:9000

 # Clear the current suffix with a single "." (otherwise below would be "*")

 # You can include ? or * to glob-match domain parts (this does NOT match "-")
 *         localhost:9000
 test-v?*  localhost:9999    # matches "test-v1", "test-v100", but NOT "test-v" or "test-vx-123"

 # serves a blank dummy page (but generate https cert, perhaps as a placeholder)

( used above purely as an example. You'd replace it with a domain name you controlled, preferably with a wildcard DNS ( record like *

Restart with snap restart https-forward to reread the config file (or try killall -SIGHUP https-forward to signal it instead). You can read logs to ensure that the file has been parsed properly:

sudo journalctl -f -u snap.https-forward.https-forward

Details for https-forward

  • Apache-2.0

Last updated
  • 5 April 2022


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