Setting up secure HTTP (HTTPS) with AMP

There are a number of methods that can be used to set up secure HTTP (HTTPS) within AMP depending on your use case.

Note that with AMP Enterprise, use of HTTPS is mandatory.

1. Reverse proxy via nginx (recommended, Linux only)

If you use the default setup script to install AMP, and you select the option to set up HTTPS when running that script, AMP installs and configures an nginx reverse proxy and Let’s Encrypt certificate handled by certbot to provide secure HTTP for your AMP web panel.

If you need to do this after installing AMP, then you have a couple of options. Before using these options, ensure that ports 80 and 443 are allowed through any firewall and (if relevant) port forwarded from your router to the host that nginx and certbot are being installed on. Also, you need a domain or subdomain to use for your AMP web panel - such as or - which has DNS records configured (an A record and/or an AAAA record) to point to your public IP.

Note that subdirectories of a domain (for example cannot be used for this purpose.

Whatever method is used, it’s highly desirable to let AMP set up the nginx reverse proxy for you. However, if your use case does not support that, see the manual setup instructions below.

1.1 Option 1

The simplest option for distributions that support using the script is simply to run the following as root:

getamp postSetupHTTPS

This will run the HTTPS setup part of the script, installing and configuring nginx and certbot and ensuring all dependencies are installed. It will secure the main AMP web panel (the ADS instance). The nginx configuration will be stored in /etc/nginx/conf.d/.

1.2 Option 2

If the script is not supported for your distribution, or if you have a special use case (for example, you want AMP to configure HTTPS for an individual game instance), then you can use the following command as root:


In this command INSTANCE_PORT is the port which the relevant instance is bound to - usually 8080 for ADS (the main AMP web panel) and 8081, 8082, etc for individual game instances.

Before running this command ensure that the required dependencies are installed:

  • for distros that use APT as the package manager, you need nginx, certbot and python3-certbot-nginx.

  • for distros that use YUM as the package manager, you need epel-release, nginx and python3-certbot-nginx. You also need to manually install certbot-auto by running as root:

    wget -P /usr/local/bin
    chmod +x /usr/local/bin/certbot-auto

Again, the nginx configuration will be stored in /etc/nginx/conf.d/.

1.3 SELinux configuration

For users that have a distro that uses SELinux (such as CentOS, RHEL, Fedora, etc), note the following.

In order for nginx to talk to local services (such as AMP), it must be in the permissive domain. To set it as such, run the following as root:

semanage permissive -a httpd_t

Additionally, you must allow nginx to relay and connect to AMP’s port. You can do this by running as root:

setsebool -P httpd_can_network_relay 1
setsebool -P httpd_can_network_connect 1

For more information about nginx and SELinux, visit Modifying SELinux Settings for Full NGINX Functionality

2. Reverse proxy on Windows

A reverse proxy is also recommended on Windows. However, AMP is unable to set that up for you.

The easiest option is Caddy.

3. Manual nginx reverse proxy setup on Linux (advanced)

You may have a use case where you want to use an nginx reverse proxy on Linux but would prefer that AMP not set it up for you - for example, where you already have a certificate for your domain (such as a wildcard), or you prefer to use a tool other than certbot (such as to manage your certificates. In that case, you can configure things manually.

3.1 Nginx configuration

The following nginx virtual host configuration is based on what AMP and certbot would generate. It can be included as /etc/nginx/conf.d/EXAMPLE.DOMAIN.COM.conf, or alternatively (on Debian and Ubuntu hosts) in /etc/nginx/sites-available and symlinked to /etc/nginx/sites-enabled. Either way, ensure that the relevant directory has an include directive in /etc/nginx/nginx.conf.

server {
    listen 80;
    listen [::]:80;
    server_name EXAMPLE.DOMAIN.COM;

    if ($host = EXAMPLE.DOMAIN.COM) {
        return 301 https://$host$request_uri;

    return 404;

server {
    listen 443 ssl http2;
    listen [::]:443 ssl http2;

    server_name EXAMPLE.DOMAIN.COM;

    # Replace the below as appropriate according to certificate locations and
    # whatever SSL settings you want. The below reflects a standard certbot
    # configuration
    ssl_certificate /etc/letsencrypt/live/EXAMPLE.DOMAIN.COM/fullchain.pem;
    ssl_certificate_key /etc/letsencrypt/live/EXAMPLE.DOMAIN.COM/privkey.pem;
    include /etc/letsencrypt/options-ssl-nginx.conf;
    ssl_dhparam /etc/letsencrypt/ssl-dhparams.pem;
    location / {
        proxy_pass http://localhost:8080;  # Or whatever local IP and port ADS is listening 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        Upgrade $http_upgrade;
        proxy_set_header        Connection "Upgrade";
        proxy_set_header        X-AMP-Scheme $scheme;
        proxy_read_timeout      86400s;
        proxy_send_timeout      86400s;
        proxy_http_version      1.1;
        proxy_redirect          off;
        proxy_buffering         off;
        client_max_body_size    10240M;

        # The following nine lines will only work if nginx and AMP are on the same host
        error_page 502 /NotRunning.html;
        location = /NotRunning.html {
            root /opt/cubecoders/amp/shared/WebRoot;

        location /shared/ {
            alias /opt/cubecoders/amp/shared/WebRoot/;

3.2 AMP configuration changes

The ADS must be stopped before making the following changes.

First (as the amp user):

ampinstmgr reconfigure ADS01 +Core.Webserver.UsingReverseProxy True

Then, if the Nginx reverse proxy is not on the same host as the ADS, set the right IP (eg

ampinstmgr reconfigure ADS01 +Core.Webserver.ReverseProxyHost INSERT_IP

4. Internal HTTPS implementation

NOTE: This method is not recommended.

AMP has built in support for HTTPS with its internal application server. AMP requires a certificate in PFX format with a passphrase. You can use ampinstmgr convertcertificate to convert a standard .cert + .key file pair into a PFX on Linux systems.

The main advantage is that no additional software is required, however it’s not suitable for use with LetsEncrypt as AMP has to be restarted to swap out the certificate.

4.1 Linux manual configuration

This method is optimal if you already have your certificate in use with another webserver already.

Open /home/amp/.ampdata/instances/ADS01/AMPConfig.conf while ADS is stopped and edit the following lines:


4.2 Windows manual configuration

Install the certificate to your system into the local machine store, and then view the certificate to get its serial number. Once you’ve done this edit the following lines to your AMPConfig.conf file for ADS:


4.3 Re-configuring existing instances (Linux and Windows)

When using AMP’s built in HTTPS support, all existing instances other than ADS01 will need their authentication server updated to your ADS installations new URL.

Your login section for AMPConfig.conf for each instance should look like this, make sure to change to your chosen domain.

# Login
# Login.AuthServerURL - The URL for the ADS instance providing authentication when using UseAuthServer

Where 8080 is the port that ADS is currently bound to. Also in ADS, under Configuration → New Instance Defaults you need to update the Default Auth Server URL to be the new URL of your ADS installation.

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