Today I encountered a problem in Flask, that caused my links to be not found.

After googling and an hour of trial and error, I finally found a solution. Here it is.

Solution To HTTP Redirect Instead Of HTTPS

In the NGINX configuration file add this parameter proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-HTTPS on; under the location section

location @proxy_to_app {
            proxy_pass http://myweb.local:5000;         # <- let nginx pass traffic to the gunicorn server
            proxy_ssl_server_name on;
            proxy_set_header Host $host;
            proxy_set_header X-Real-IP $remote_addr;
            proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;
            proxy_set_header   X-Forwarded-HTTPS    on;   # Fix logout url for redirects to http instead of https

Now every time I click on the link, that was created by using URL_FOR Redirect syntax, I go straight to the correct HTTPS URL.

Failed Solution On StackOverflow

It took me an hour to go through all kinds of answers. Below are the ones, that didnโ€™t work for me.

External = True

using _external=True inside url_for

Preferred URL Scheme


Nginx Forwarded Proto Scheme

proxy_set_header   X-Forwarded-Proto    $scheme;

Enforce URL Scheme

def _force_https(app):
    def wrapper(environ, start_response):
        environ['wsgi.url_scheme'] = 'https'
        return app(environ, start_response)
    return wrapper

app = Flask(...)

app = _force_https(app)


If you want your links to use HTTPS instead of HTTP, just edit your NGINX configuration.

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