Enabling HTTPS on JFrog Artifactory

Enabling HTTPS on JFrog Artifactory

Container Registry needs to be HTTPS accessible. This article explains an easy way to enable HTTPS on JFrog Artifactory


We assume that you have completed JFrog Artifactor installation by following this story https://ghost.cyder.com.sg/installing-jfrog-container-registry-on-ubuntu/

Right now we are going to install NGINX, configure it as JFrog Artifactory reverse proxy, and enable Let’s Encrypt SSL on that NGINX.

Installing NGINX

Well, let’s start with installing NGINX. It is very easy, you just need to execute the following commands:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install nginx

After installation, allow HTTPS inbound connection

sudo ufw allow 'Nginx HTTP'

Lastly, check the status of the NGINX

systemctl status nginx

You can then check the status of the NGINX, by hitting


Configuring as Reverse Proxy

Now, we are going to configure NGINX as JFrog Artifactory Reverse proxy.

Go to this path /etc/nginx/sites-available and create new file. In my case, it is jfrog.cyder.com.sg file. This is the content of that file

server {
listen 80 default_server;
listen [::]:80 default_server;
server_name jfrog.cyder.com.sg;
if ($http_x_forwarded_proto = '') {
set $http_x_forwarded_proto  $scheme;
## Application specific logs
## access_log /var/log/nginx/artifactory.jfrog.com-access.log timing;
## error_log /var/log/nginx/artifactory.jfrog.com-error.log;
rewrite ^/$ /artifactory/webapp/ redirect;
rewrite ^/artifactory/?(/webapp)?$ /artifactory/webapp/ redirect;
chunked_transfer_encoding on;
client_max_body_size 0;
location / {
proxy_read_timeout  900;
proxy_pass_header   Server;
proxy_cookie_path   ~*^/.* /;
if ( $request_uri ~ ^/artifactory/(.*)$ ) {
proxy_pass          http://localhost:8081/artifactory/$1;
proxy_pass http://localhost:8081/artifactory/;
proxy_set_header X-Artifactory-Override-Base-Url $http_x_forwarded_proto://localhost:8081/artifactory;
proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-Port $server_port;
proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-Proto $http_x_forwarded_proto;
proxy_set_header Host $http_host;
proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;

Go to this path /etc/nginx/sites-enabled and create soft link, using the following command

sudo ln -s  /etc/nginx/sites-available/jfrog.cyder.com.sg jfrog.cyder.com.sg

Now restart the NGINX server

sudo servicectl restart nginx

Try accessing the JFrog Artifactory using http://jfrog.cyder.com.sg.

Enabling SSL

If you see the above screenshot, the URL is not secured, as it runs on port 80. Let’s enable SSL on NGINX, powered by Let’s Encrypt

Run these commands

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:certbot/certbot
sudo apt install python-certbot-nginx
sudo certbot --nginx -d jfrog.cyder.com.sg

Try again accessing http://jfrog.cyder.com.sg/, now you will be redirected to HTTPS and check the SSL cert is issued by Let’s Encrypt.

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  1. https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-secure-nginx-with-let-s-encrypt-on-ubuntu-18-04
  2. https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-install-nginx-on-ubuntu-18-04
  3. https://www.jfrog.com/confluence/display/RTF/Configuring+NGINX
  4. https://www.jfrog.com/jira/browse/RTFACT-14084