How to enable SSL on Confluence (Centos 7)

Edit 2018-03-06: I created a script that will do all the set-up on this post and original installation post in one go on github.


In this short tutorial i will go through how to enable SSL on Confluence on Centos 7.

Atlassian applications allow the use of SSL within range of their products, however Atlassian support doesn’t cover configuration of 3rd party software. Although there are many useful articles on Atlassian website on this subject, it is messy and hard to follow just one article from A to Z to especially for Centos 7 environment which doesn’t install latest required Apache web server by default.

There are few different ways to do this I will use Apache web server as reverse proxy server. Apache will serve as https server and Confluence will stay on http.

You need to have Confluence installed and working to continue with this tutorial. If you haven’t got it installed you can do so by following my other post here: How to install Confluence on Centos7 with postgresql

You can also check this post: how to enable SSL on Jira software (Centos 7) if you are looking for Jira version of this article. They are very similar the only difference is an extra directive to allow collaborative editing which was added in version 6.


OS: Centos 7.3
Apache web server: 2.4.18 (Will be installed as part of scl package)

Install Dependencies

sudo yum -y update sudo yum -y install centos-release-scl-rh sudo yum -y install httpd24-httpd sudo yum -y install httpd24-mod_ssl.x86_64 sudo yum -y install httpd24-mod_proxy_html.x86_64

Prepare SSL certificate

Get your certification and key files from the certifying authority and copy them into a directory in your machine.
For example:



Set-up Apache

sudo vim /opt/rh/httpd24/root/etc/httpd/conf.d/confluence.conf
<VirtualHost *:443 >
        DocumentRoot /opt/rh/httpd24/root/var/www/confluence/public
        ErrorLog /opt/rh/httpd24/root/var/www/confluence/error.log
        CustomLog /opt/rh/httpd24/root/var/www/confluence/requests.log combined

        ProxyRequests Off
        ProxyPreserveHost On
        ProxyVia Off
        RewriteEngine On
        RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/synchrony
        RewriteRule ^/(.*)$1 [P]
        <Proxy *>
                Require all granted

        ProxyPass /synchrony
        <Location /synchrony>
                Require all granted
                RewriteEngine on
                RewriteCond %{HTTP:UPGRADE} ^WebSocket$ [NC]
                RewriteCond %{HTTP:CONNECTION} Upgrade$ [NC]
                RewriteRule .* ws://{REQUEST_URI} [P]

        ProxyPass /
        ProxyPassReverse /

        <Location />
                Require all granted
    SSLEngine On
    SSLCertificateFile /etc/ssl/certs/confluence.crt
    SSLCertificateKeyFile /etc/certs/private/confluence.key

<VirtualHost *:80>
    Redirect Permanent /

sudo systemctl restart httpd24-httpd

If SELinux is set to enforce it might stop httpd24 from starting. To get around this you can disable the SELinux by updating the file below.

 sudo vim /etc/sysconfig/selinux

Change the status from enforce to disabled or permissive. For more details on SELinux refer to: An introduction to SELinux on Centos 7

# This file controls the state of SELinux on the system.
# SELINUX= can take one of these three values:
#     enforcing - SELinux security policy is enforced.
#     permissive - SELinux prints warnings instead of enforcing.
#     disabled - No SELinux policy is loaded.
# SELINUXTYPE= can take one of three two values:
#     targeted - Targeted processes are protected,
#     minimum - Modification of targeted policy. Only selected processes are protected.
#     mls - Multi Level Security protection.

Set-up Confluence

sudo vim /opt/atlassian/confluence/conf/server.xml

Update the connector to look like these lines:

<Connector port="8090"


sudo systemctl restart confluence

Add certificate keys to the Confluence keystore

If you have followed the steps up to here your server should be accessible through the https address. However Confluence will complain that it can not access itself from the backend. This is because the version on Java that Confluence is using doesn’t have your certificates in keystore hence doesn’t trust it and drops any attempt to access it.

Follow these steps to add the key to Confluence keystore.

cd ~ openssl s_client -connect < /dev/null | sed -ne '/-BEGIN CERTIFICATE-/,/-END CERTIFICATE-/p' > public.crt sudo /opt/atlassian/confluence/jre/bin/keytool -import -alias -keystore /opt/atlassian/confluence/jre/lib/security/cacerts -file public.crt

Enter ‘changeit‘ as keystore password.

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