Enabling SSL on an apache2 installation is easy. There are plenty of instructions on the Web for doing this, but I thought I'd describe the way to do it using the latest Ubuntu installation of apache2, which is idiosyncratic.
- First you need to generate a self-signed certificate. I used the following command:
openssl req -new -x509 -nodes -out server.crt -keyout server.keyNow create a directory for these files inside your apache2 installation:
sudo mkdir /etc/apache2/certs/And move the certificates to that location:
sudo mv server.* /etc/apache2/certs/
- Next, edit /etc/apache2/sites-available/default-ssl, and change the two directives:
SSLCertificateFile /etc/apache2/certs/server.crt SSLCertificateKeyFile /etc/apache2/certs/server.keySo they now point to your files.
- Now enable the ssl module in apache2, and the default ssl site:
sudo a2enmod ssl sudo a2ensite default-ssl
- Finally, restart apache2:
/etc/init.d/apache2 restartAnd it should work. Test it by going to https://localhost in the browser. It should give you a dialog complaining about how insecure this is. Just say that you understand the risks, enable the exception, and it will take you to the index.html page.