Change a self-hosted discourse server from http to https

Hey guys,
I have a self-hosted discourse server that I am hosting on an ec2 and I have it setup through a socket that proxies through nginx to set the domain name.

The issue I am having is that I can’t get the server to switch from http to https on emails.

Specifically for the activation email:

A new account was created for you at %{site_name}

Click the following link to choose a password for your new account:

The base_url always gives the http version of the site, and not the https version, which causes an error when someone tries to use the activation email.

I thought that the setting for base_url would be in the site_settings table, so I looked and there is a row that looks like this:

id name data_type value created_at updated_at
18 vapid_base_url 1 http://***.***.com 2022-05-28 05:33:29.471814 2022-06-18 08:31:48.220973

but changing the value to https://... doesn’t fix the email problem.

I don’t know where the value is for base_url.

I also thought that maybe it was the DISCOURSE_HOSTNAME property in the containers/app.yml file, but I don’t think that is what it is. I tried changing that from a domain without the protocol, to one with it, but after a ./launcher rebuild app, the whole discourse server goes down.

So I am asking, how do I get the site to use a https url in emails and not http. ?

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See the force_https site setting.


okay that was it, @pfaffman thanks! You deserve a prize!


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