How to install CloudFlare’s Free SSL on Laravel Forge


September 25th, 2017, posted in tech_stuff
by Cristian T

If you don’t want to pay for an SSL certificate, you can use CloudFlare’s free SSL. Its setup, though, isn’t that apparent and it seems like no one has asked or answered this particular question.



  • you already have CloudFlare setup and your domain name points to it;
  • you manage your server with Laravel Forge (though the same steps should be true for any nginx server);


  1. Generate a self-signed certificate here. It’ll give you the links to 2 files (private key and certificate). Download them.

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I bring to the table 9 years+ of experience developing web apps and building Internet businesses. I wear many hats, and I love it. Some of my favourite brainchildren are Backpack for Laravel, ScheduleThatEmail, and Complement. My goal is happiness – for the users, clients, developers I work with, and for myself :)

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