Configure Apache proxy with Let's Encrypt

:warning: Using Apache as a proxy is not recommended as Apache Httpd uses thread-per-connection model, and will likely run out of threads very fast as Discourse uses long polling. (related).

The goal of this post is to help you set up Let’s Encrypt with Apache SSL. It assumes that you have already properly configured Discourse.

Configuration notes

Do not enable web.ssl.template.yml and web.letsencrypt.ssl.template.yml. You only need one of your servers to present a certificate, and that should be your Apache server.

Configure your apache virtualhost

Keep only one virtualhost per file. Configure as per usual. Really, this step doesn’t matter much.

Get your Let’s Encrypt certificate

Get your certificate with certbot from Let’s Encrypt:

certbot --apache -d

Modify the Apache files

You should have two files that are enabled: and Make them the following:

<VirtualHost x.x.x.x:80>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTPS} !=on
RewriteRule ^/?(.*) https://%{SERVER_NAME}/$1 [R,L]
RewriteCond %{SERVER_NAME}
RewriteRule ^ https://%{SERVER_NAME}%{REQUEST_URI} [END,QSA,R=permanent]

<VirtualHost x.x.x.x:443>
RewriteEngine On

SSLEngine On
SSLCertificateFile /etc/letsencrypt/live/
SSLCertificateKeyFile /etc/letsencrypt/live/
Include /etc/letsencrypt/options-ssl-apache.conf

ProxyPreserveHost On
ProxyRequests Off
ProxyPass /
ProxyPassReverse /



This should work. Good luck!