Reverse Proxies

If you wish to use a Reverse Proxy in front of your web server, you'll need to take a few extra steps to make it work.

A typical Reverse Proxy scenario looks like this:

Internet Reverse Proxy Server (Public & Private IPs) Web Server (Private IPs)

The Reverse Proxy Server is functioning as a reverse proxy (Nginx, Squid, Apache's Mod_Proxy, or Varnish).

In most deployments the Reverse Proxy will perform HTTP to HTTPS redirection and only pass requests and responses via HTTPS to the remote client.

Scenario: BROKEN

Client HTTPS Reverse Proxy Server HTTP Web Server

Scenario: WORKS

Client HTTP Reverse Proxy Server HTTP Web Server

Client HTTPS Reverse Proxy Server HTTPS Web Server


In the above scenario the generated HTML will reference http:// instead of https:// for all assets. This causes most browsers to throw security warnings and refuse to display the content. (Typically, you'll see mixed content warnings because the browser won't load insecure elements on an SSL page.)



This assumes that your Reverse Proxy Server and Web Server are correctly configured and working properly. Meaning you have other correctly functioning Applications behind the proxy and the Web Server for Snipe-IT works properly if accessed directly.

Snipe-IT is unaware that requests to the proxy are being handled through HTTPS instead of HTTP. As such no effort is made to generate HTTPS links for Assets (javascript, CSS, images, etc.)

Snipe-IT needs to be made aware of the presence of the Reverse Proxy Server. The X-Forwarded-Proto header should be passed from the Reverse Proxy Server to the Web Server.

Server Configuration

In Nginx, you would use:

proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-Proto $scheme;

With Apache's Mod_Proxy, you would add:

RequestHeader set X-Forwarded-Proto "https"

to your virtual host configuration.

Snipe-IT Configurations

In your .env file, find the entry for APP_TRUSTED_PROXIES. It looks something like this:


and enter the IP address(es) of your Reverse Proxy. Note that IPs and CIDR Notation are accepted.

You may also want to see the Security Notes for additional steps you can take for SSL configurations.