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For a given vhost, I want to redirect some routes/paths/URIs to HTTPS, while allowing others to be requested on HTTP.

Specifically, I want to allow Artifactory packages to be requested on HTTP, but require that the web UI be accessed via HTTPS.

How can I do this?

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First, make sure your server block is listening for requests on both port 80 and 443. Then include a conditional on $scheme and a permanent rewrite.

So to force /webapp and (anything under it) to HTTPS, you would use:

server {
  listen *:443 ssl;
  listen *:80;
  server_name www.example.com;

  if ($scheme != 'https') {
    rewrite ^/(webapp(/.*)?)$ https://$http_host/$1 permanent;
  }

  # ...
}
  • One needs also to make sure that no HSTS headers are set for the server, otherwise everything will be on HTTPS. – Tero Kilkanen Aug 19 '18 at 13:05

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