Forum doesn't load after enabling SSL with Let's Encrypt


So I’m just starting a community with Discourse and after enabling SSL with this tutorial and after enabling it my forum just doesn’t load. My browser just says ‘(web address) refused to connect’.

I checked and I’ve followed every step of the tutorial, any suggestions?

Thanks, Matt


Based on what you’ve given us, the only thing that can be said for sure is, “something went wrong”. You’ll need to examine (and possibly share) the output of the rebuild, and potentially the logs, in order for anyone to be able to provide you with useful assistance.


You might try running ./discourse-doctor and see if it offers any clues.

  • Is this a DigitalOcean install following the guide?
  • is there anything else on the machine?
  • are you using cloudflare?
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Sorry, just seen the replies now.

I used the DigitalOcean 1 click install then connected to it via SSH and completed the setup

No, I haven’t installed anything else.

No, I’m not.

I’ve just ran it, what am I looking for?

What output did it give you?

Is there anything specific? I don’t want to post the whole thing.

Did it print anything that made a suggestion or that something was wrong?

You could pm it or the url to me.

The script redacts sensitive information. What is there that you don’t want to share?

This is the output, it had my admin password and stuff in it so that’s removed. Any clues?

DISCOURSE DOCTOR Mon Aug 6 11:45:50 UTC 2018
OS: Linux Discourse-IFN 4.4.0-130-generic #156-Ubuntu SMP Thu Jun 14 08:53:28 UTC 2018 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

Found containers/app.yml

==================== YML SETTINGS ====================

==================== DOCKER INFO ====================
DOCKER VERSION: Docker version 18.03.1-ce, build 9ee9f40

DOCKER PROCESSES (docker ps -a)

CONTAINER ID        IMAGE                 COMMAND             CREATED             STATUS              PORTS                                      NAMES
75595ba274d6        local_discourse/app   "/sbin/boot"        21 seconds ago      Up 20 seconds>80/tcp,>443/tcp   app

75595ba274d6        local_discourse/app   "/sbin/boot"        21 seconds ago      Up 20 seconds>80/tcp,>443/tcp   app

Discourse container app is running

==================== PLUGINS ====================
          - git clone
          - git clone
          - git clone
          - git clone
          - git clone
          - git clone
          - git clone
          - git clone
          - git clone

You have what appear to be non-official plugins.
If you are having trouble, you should disable them and try rebuilding again.

See for the official list.

Discourse version at ***: NOT FOUND

The URL it offers has the password data redacted, but I should remove it from the file in /tmp as well.

Like there are two docker containers running. Is that true?

If you stop the app and then run it, the will also be in the discourse-doctor log file.