Configuring SSL

This guide covers how to protect network communication for the Stoplight platform using SSL.


In order to configure the Stoplight platform to use SSL, you will need:

  • A method for generating (one or many) SSL private keys and certificates for each component.
  • A method for having the certificates above signed by a trusted Certificate Authority (or CA), either internal or external to your organization.
  • If you are using self-signed certificates or certificates signed by an internal CA, you will need a method for establishing trust on the component and client systems.

Please note, this guide does not cover the details of creating, signing, or establishing trust of certificates on component or client systems. If you are unsure of how to perform any of the prerequisite items, please consult with your internal IT team.


The method for configuring SSL varies by component. Please see the component sections below to get started.

App, API, Exporter, Prism, Tasker

In order to configure SSL for the App, API, Exporter, Prism, and Tasker components, you must use a reverse proxy for HTTPS/SSL termination. This means that the component itself will not communicate over SSL, but a proxy sitting in front of the component will. For more information on SSL termination, please see here.

If you do not already have a reverse proxy application chosen, Stoplight uses and recommends NGINX. See the section below for an example configuration.

Configuring NGINX

To configure NGINX to use SSL, Stoplight recommends using the following configuration:

server {
    # optional, but required if serving multiple components from same proxy
    server_tokens off;

    listen 443 ssl http2 default_server;

    ssl on;
    # customize pased on local filesystem
    ssl_certificate     /path/to/ssl/cert;
    ssl_certificate_key /path/to/ssl/key;

    ssl_session_cache         shared:SSL:20m;
    ssl_session_timeout       60m;
    ssl_protocols             TLSv1 TLSv1.1 TLSv1.2;
    ssl_prefer_server_ciphers on;
    ssl_ciphers               ECDH+AESGCM:ECDH+AES256:ECDH+AES128:DH+3DES:!ADH:!AECDH:!MD5;
    add_header                Strict-Transport-Security "max-age=31536000; includeSubDomains" always;

    location / {
        # customize the port and IP per component being served

        client_max_body_size 0;
        gzip off;
        proxy_http_version 1.1;
        proxy_read_timeout 300;
        proxy_connect_timeout 300;
        proxy_redirect off;

        proxy_set_header    Upgrade $http_upgrade;
        proxy_set_header    Connection "upgrade";
        proxy_set_header    Host                $http_host;
        proxy_set_header    X-Real-IP           $remote_addr;
        proxy_set_header    X-Forwarded-Ssl     on;
        proxy_set_header    X-Forwarded-For     $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;
        proxy_set_header    X-Forwarded-Proto   $scheme;
        proxy_set_header    X-Frame-Options     SAMEORIGIN;


To automatically redirect HTTP to HTTPS, add the following section to the nginx configuration:

server {
    # optional, but required if serving multiple components from same proxy
    server_name    ;
    server_tokens off;

    listen                   80;
    listen                   [::]:80;

    return                   301 https://$server_name$request_uri;


To configure the Pubs component to use HTTPS, update the configuration with following entries:

# Whether to enable SSL when serving admin API (protecting communication
# between the API and Pubs)
admin_ssl_enabled: yes
admin_ssl_cert_path: "/path/to/ssl/cert"
admin_ssl_key_path: "/path/to/ssl/key"

# Whether to enable SSL when serving published docs
ssl_enabled: yes
https_bind: ""
  # must match the any domains docs are published under. can specify many.
  - domain: "*"
    cert-path: "/path/to/"
    key-path: "/path/to/"

Remember to update the path elements above to match the filesystem path to the SSL keys and certificates

All SSL certificates must match the hostnames (ie, domain names) they are served from.


Configuring GitLab to use SSL varies depending on the installation type. Please see below for more information.

If you are unsure of your installation type, please contact Stoplight Support for assistance.

Omnibus Installations (default)

For Omnibus installations, please see the official GitLab documentation below:

From-Source Installations

For from-source installations, please see here.