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StartSSL and Nginx

I converted this blog from Apache2 to Nginx but forgot a step for SSL. With Apache2 to correctly install the SSL cert, you need to include in your config ca.pem and See here for more information.

I didn’t realize I had a problem until I pointed my iPhone at my SSL enabled web site.

With Nginx you’ve got

 ssl  on;
 ssl_certificate  /etc/nginx/ssl/blog.crt;
 ssl_certificate_key  /etc/nginx/ssl/blog.key;

Nginx doesn’t do SSL certificate chaining like Apache2 does. In order to get the ca.pem and onto your install just append the two files to your certificate file.

curl >>blog.crt
curl >>blog.crt

I restarted my Nginx server and had no problems since. I continue to be impressed with StartSSL and at some point I will want to purchase a wild card cert for my domain.

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Jan Dembowski

12 replies

  1. Hi,

    Thanks for clarifying how to do this.

    A while ago, I too switched to StartSSL. However, I was also unaware of this problem since I at some point had added a permanent exception in Firefox.

    All my SSL-sites work like a charm now 🙂

    I also agree that purchasing a wild card cert is probably worth the money, but that will have to happen later.



      1. Just another vote for StartSSL, truly wonderful service and support. And you can’t beat the value either.