Backup restored and images are broken

Hi all,
I’m pretty new to Discourse but I’m already in love with this awesome platform.

I installed the docker version on a VPS and everything was working fine with Nginx as a reverse proxy with certbot.

I had to format the VPS, now with the same configuration, I cannot see the images anymore. I have read that is a common problem but I can’t figure out how to fix it.

In the previous installation, I had a warning concerning mixed content between https and https but I fixed it simply removing the images that I’ve uploaded before activating the https.

I could do the same right now since the forum is new, but I’d like to know what I’m doing wrong in case I have to format it again.

nginx.conf (only the part related to Discourse and the three top settings.

     proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-Proto https;
     client_max_body_size 500M;
     proxy_set_header X-Real-IP         $remote_addr; # pass on real client's IP

server { #
    access_log   logs/forum_statale_it.log  main;

    # pass requests for dynamic content to rails/turbogears/zope, et al
    location / {
      proxy_pass      http://app;

    listen 443 ssl; # managed by Certbot
    ssl_certificate /etc/letsencrypt/live/; # managed by Certbot
    ssl_certificate_key /etc/letsencrypt/live/; # managed by Certbot
    include /etc/letsencrypt/options-ssl-nginx.conf; # managed by Certbot
    ssl_dhparam /etc/letsencrypt/ssl-dhparams.pem; # managed by Certbot

    server {
    if ($host = {
        return 301 https://$host$request_uri;
    } # managed by Certbot

    listen       80;
    return 404; # managed by Certbot


Thank you in advance.

Did you follow the Discourse official Standard Installation or something else?

I have used the official one ( The only thing that I have skipped is the ./discourse-setup since I already had my app.yml file that was working perfectly in the previous installation. So I used ./launcher rebuild app.

thank you

You might try turning on the force https site setting.

Hi Alessandro,
Could you have restored a backup that didn’t include the uploads ? (I only ask because i did once :roll_eyes:)
You might try to upload a new file, or verify that the one of your post /var/discourse/shared/standalone/uploads/default/original/1X/895d0d7c67affaa2caff31c74bd3ef6efbf307e9.jpeg exists ?

It works but then I lose the https. (I removed it from Discourse)

I checked in the backup and there are the images I’ve uploaded.

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