Varnish and HTTPS

Caleb Anthony caleb.anthony at
Tue Dec 4 17:03:17 CET 2007

You could use pound as an HTTPS front-end for varnish (or anything else too).

It works quite well. I believe that Slashdot uses it as thier HTTP front-end.

On 12/4/07, Erik <duja at> wrote:
> Thanks for the info but I did just wondered if varnish pass it to the backend or if it drops the request. I did some tests and it seems like it passes the request to the backend.
> BTW, what program may I use to have https2http? Isn't https encrypted?
> / Erik
> Original Message -----------------------
> Erik <duja at> writes:
> > I know that Varnish doesn't handle https. But what if the request is
> > in https?  Would varnish pass it to the backend or just drop it?
> It would not be a normal HTTP request, so Varnish would not try to
> handle it.  You could place a https to http gateway between your users
> and varnish, so varnish can accelerate the http traffic.  The pipeline
> would look like this:
> Duh Internet - https2http gw - varnish - http server
> --
> Stig Sandbeck Mathisen, Linpro
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