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HTTPS and SSL on Localhost Required Now?

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Hi, I've recently learned, like others, that the Firefox browser no longer supports plain http requests and automatically diverts to https. I develop websites and have in the past used Apache Virtual Hosts. I want to be able to achieve the same thing, specifically, I want to use the domain name the site will eventually be hosted on, but point to a local directory: localhost/mywebsite

I'm getting the impression that I will now have to create SSL Certificates for each local site now, so that I can use the https (port 443) protocol. Am I right to assume this, or am I missing something that will make my life easier? I have looked online, but can't find much in the way of answers.

Thanks for reading.

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So if you run the XAMPP\apache\makecert.bat file and run through the normal rubbish to create the certificates, you can go to the folder C:\XAMPP\apache\conf\ssl.crt double-click it and install the certificate. This sorts the https redirect. You can access localhost/websitename as normal with out having https throw up all over you!!

Now if I could just figure out how to use the virtual hosting properly with this. I created a virtual host and used port 443, as I assume you have to do this. I did try port 80 as well on the off chance! No go!

I have even added to the hosts file as I'm pretty sure the hosts file takes priority over the external request. Correct me if I am wrong.


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Are you using the HTTPS-only feature? You can adjust that on the Options/Preferences page:

You can check that here:

  • Windows: "3-bar" menu button (or Tools menu) > Options
  • Mac: "3-bar" menu button (or Firefox menu) > Preferences
  • Linux: "3-bar" menu button (or Edit menu) > Preferences
  • Any system: type or paste about:preferences into the address bar and press Enter/Return to load it

In the search box at the top of the page, type https and Firefox should filter the page, bringing the HTTPS-Only Mode section into view.

Otherwise, perhaps you are using a top level domain subject to HSTS (mandatory HTTPS)?


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Hi jscher2000,

Thanks for replying. I checked that, and it was disabled. I eventually got it working using the hosts file and the httpd-vhosts.conf file. I also created a certificate with Xampp's makecert.bat file and imported it. After wiping the browsers cache and history, and restarting Apache, all worked very well. I also only need the one certificate to use for all local domains, as the virtual host blocks can all point to the same .crt file.

I know this is bad for live sites as a different name will appear as the trusted source for the additional sites, but for local testing purposes, this was perfectly fine for me.

Wordpress sites are a different matter. These are a nightmare at the best of times!


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