Securing a Sourcegraph instance with TLS/SSL

If you intend to make your Sourcegraph instance accessible on the Internet or another untrusted network, you should use TLS so that all traffic will be served over HTTPS.

Let’s Encrypt

Sourcegraph will use Let’s Encrypt by default if the following conditions are met:

  • Your externalURL site configuration option begins with https://.... (externalURL was called appURL in Sourcegraph 2.13 and earlier.)
  • The host is reachable on both ports 80 and 443 (see note below).
  • You have not configured manual TLS certificates as described below.
  • You have not configured tls.letsencrypt to off. (Defaults to auto)

Once you have HTTPS, working we suggest configuring httpToHttpsRedirect to true to prevent users browsing Sourcegraph via plaintext HTTP.

Port 80 must be accessible

Let’s Encrypt requires that port 80 be reachable in order to prove that you own your domain. If port 80 is unreachable, HTTPS will fail with errors such as the following:

http: TLS handshake error from acme/autocert: unable to authorize ""; challenge "tls-alpn-01" failed with error: acme: authorization error for 403 urn:acme:error:unauthorized: Cannot negotiate ALPN protocol "acme-tls/1" for tls-alpn-01 challenge; challenge "http-01" failed with error: acme: authorization error for 403 urn:acme:error:unauthorized: Invalid response from "<!DOCTYPE html>\n<!--[if lt IE 7]> <html class=\"no-js ie6 oldie\" lang=\"en-US\"> <![endif]-->\n<!--[if IE 7]>    <html class=\"no-js "


http: TLS handshake error from acme/autocert: missing certificate


http: TLS handshake error from 429 urn:acme:error:rateLimited: Error creating new authz :: too many failed authorizations recently: see

Using your own TLS certificate

Single-server Sourcegraph deployments

For single-server Docker image deployments, add the following lines to your site configuration. The TLS certificate and private key must be specified as PEM-encoded strings.

Tip: Use jq with the command jq -R --slurp < /path/to/my/cert-or-key.pem to obtain the JSON-stringified contents of each PEM file.

  // ...
  "tlsCert": "-----BEGIN CERTIFICATE-----\nMIIFdTCCBF2gAWiB...",
  "tlsKey": "-----BEGIN RSA PRIVATE KEY-----\nMII...",
  "externalURL": "" // Must begin with "https"; replace with the public IP or hostname of your machine
  // ...

Next, restart your Sourcegraph instance using the same docker run command, but map the host port to the container HTTPS port 7443 (not the HTTP port 7080). In this example, the host port 443 (HTTPS) is mapped to the container’s HTTPS port 7443.

docker run \
  --publish 443:7443 --rm \
  --volume ~/.sourcegraph/config:/etc/sourcegraph \
  --volume ~/.sourcegraph/data:/var/opt/sourcegraph \
  --volume /var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock \

If you are running on cloud infrastructure, you will likely need to add an ingress rule to make port 30443 accessible to the Internet.