Setup HTTPS on Windows+Apache

Created on 2018/01/27

The following assumes you are running Pydio on a Windows based machine with Apache server. Adjust the parameters below according to your configuration, if necessary.

  1. Open a Command Prompt (Start>Run>cmd.exe) and browse to your Apache /bin directory: cd c:/apache2.2.8/bin

    Change “apache2.2.8” above to match your current version/directory, if needed.

  2. Create a server key with a 1024 bit encryption. Enter this command: openssl genrsa -des3 -out server.key 1024

    You will be asked for a pass phrase.

  3. Remove the pass phrase from the RSA private key (backup the original file) and enter this command: copy server.key

    Then, enter:

    openssl rsa -in -out server.key

    Type the pass phrase again, when prompted.

  4. Create a self-signed (X509) certificate with the RSA key you just made. Enter this command and follow on-screen prompts: openssl req -new -x509 -nodes -days 365 -key server.key -out

    server.crt -config C:apache2.2.8confopenssl.cnf
    • Change “apache2.2.8” above to match your current version/directory, if needed. ** Change the path to “openssl.cnf”, if needed.
  5. Create two folders in the C:apache2.2.8conf directory. /ssl.key

  6. Copy the “server.key” file to the /ssl.key folder and the “server.crt” file to the /ssl.crt folder.

  7. Open “httpd.conf” in your Apache /conf and make the following edits: [FIND] – Line 119

    #LoadModule ssl_module modules/


    LoadModule ssl_module modules/

    Uncomment following line

    Secure (SSL/TLS) connections

    Include conf/extra/httpd-ssl.conf

  8. Open php.ini in C:apache2.2.8bin. Uncomment line :

  9. Open httpd_ssl.conf in your Apache /conf/extra directory. [FIND] – Line 77

    DocumentRoot C:/Program Files/Apache Software Foundation/Apache2.2/htdocs


    DocumentRoot C:/apache2.2.8/htdocs

    [FIND] – Lines 80-81

    ErrorLog C:/Program Files/Apache Software Foundation/Apache2.2/logs/error.log
    TransferLog C:/Program Files/Apache Software Foundation/Apache2.2/logs/access.log


    ErrorLog logs/sslerror.log
    TransferLog logs/sslaccess.log

    [FIND] – Line 99

    SSLCertificateFile C:/Program Files/Apache Software Foundation/Apache2.2/conf/server.crt


    SSLCertificateFile conf/ssl.crt/server.crt

    [FIND] – Line 107

    SSLCertificateKeyFile C:/Program Files/Apache Software Foundation/Apache2.2/conf/server.key


    SSLCertificateKeyFile conf/ssl.key/server.key

    [FIND] – Lines 193-195

    <Directory C:/Program Files/Apache Software Foundation/Apache2.2/cgi-bin>
    SSLOptions +StdEnvVars


    <Directory C:/apache2.2.8/htdocs>
    Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews
    AllowOverride All
    Order allow,deny
    allow from all

    [FIND] – Line 228 (may be commented out)

    CustomLog C:/Program Files/Apache Software Foundation/Apache2.2/logs/ssl_request.log


    CustomLog logs/ssl_request.log
  10. In the previous Command Prompt, enter: httpd -t

    If it says Syntax is OK, proceed to step next. If not, correct the syntax (previous steps) and repeat.

  11. Restart Apache server. Open a browser and enter [localhost] (without quotes). Be sure all referenced log files in the steps above are created in the respective directories.

  12. If behind a router, make sure port 443 is forwarded to your computer. Also, make sure any firewalls are configured to allow incoming connections from port 443.
  13. Optional: If you want to allow world wide web access to your HTTPS secure server, open httpd_ssl.conf: [FIND] – Line 78

    ServerName localhost:443


    • Insert your FQDN (Fully Qualified Domain Name) above, or if you don’t have one, use your WAN IP (e.g. 12.34.567.890:443).
  14. Optional: To direct all visits from http to https, create a file .htaccess in your /www folder with the following text: RewriteEngine On RewriteCond %{HTTPS} off RewriteRule (.*) [url]https://[/url]%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI}

  15. Optional: To avoid browser warnings about self-signed (your own Certificate Authority (CA)) SSL certificates, consider purchasing one from GoDaddy for around $29.