I have a vhost that accepts all domains and subdomains from 4 top domain names, e.g. example.com, example.org, three.example.co.uk etc.

I want the entire VHost to redirect to the exact same URL as requested, but HTTPS.

I know of this:

<VirtualHost *:80>
    ServerName example.com
    ServerAlias *.all *.other *.domains
    Redirect permanent / https://example.com/

but that won't work for subdomains, because explicit target URL.

It's so easy in nginx:

return 301 https://$host$request_uri;

so I thought Apache would have a thing for that, and it sort-of does, but this doesn't work (no Apache error, just broken redirect):

Redirect permanent / https://%{HTTP_HOST}/

Is there any way to use a domain/host variable? Bonus points for not using RewriteRule!

  • What do you have against RewriteRule ?
    – krisFR
    May 11, 2015 at 19:01
  • @krisFR Nothing, but it should be unnecessary. What do you have against bonus points. You know how with RewriteRule?
    – Rudie
    May 11, 2015 at 19:27
  • Don't take it bad, it was just a friendly question...you could have reason like "performance" or so...By the way i have nothing against bonus points but how could you provide this ? The best you can do would be an upvote and an accepted answer : nothing bonus here. I admit i know with RewriteRule as i have done this kind of setup many times. Also Googling gives a lot of samples, you've found one :) Glad it works for you now. have a nice day :)
    – krisFR
    May 11, 2015 at 19:46
  • @krisFR Haha the bonus points were more of a mental thing. You have plenty of real points =) I don't know about perf, but it can't be all that bad. I only googled for 'without mod_rewrite' and couldn't find it. Still would be cool
    – Rudie
    May 11, 2015 at 20:24
  • I only know the mod_rewrite method. If this could be achieved using only redirect i would be glad to learn about it also, just like you !! :) :)
    – krisFR
    May 11, 2015 at 20:28

1 Answer 1


Answer in Apache SSL New Domain Redirect is good enough. (Didn't see that one while typing question.)


<VirtualHost *:80>
    ServerName example.com
    ServerAlias *.example.com etc
    RewriteEngine on
    RewriteRule ^ https://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI} [R=301,L]

Using %{HTTP_HOST} in target URL seems to work fine with Apache 2.4.

Any method without rewriting, like nginx does? Or not worth it?

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