Securing Bitbucket Server behind HAProxy using SSL

This page describes how to establish a network topology in which the HAProxy server acts as a reverse proxy for Bitbucket Server. Typically, such a configuration would be used when either when:

  1. Bitbucket Server is installed in a protected zone 'behind the firewall', and HAProxy provides a gateway through which users outside the firewall can access Bitbucket Server.
  2. Bitbucket Server needs to be served on protected ports (e.g. ports < 1024 on Linux). Bitbucket Server cannot access these ports directly as it must not be run as a privileged user (e.g root). In this case HAProxy can bind to these ports and forward the requests to Bitbucket Server.


The configuration described on this page results in a scenario where:

  • External client connections with HAProxy are secured using SSL. Connections between HAProxy and Bitbucket Server are unsecured.
  • Bitbucket Server and HAProxy run on the same machine.
  • Bitbucket Server is currently available at
  • Bitbucket Server is to be made available at



Important considerations

  • We assume that you already have a running instance of HAProxy.
  • SSL certificates must be installed on the server machine.
  • Any existing links with other applications will need to be reconfigured using the new URL for Bitbucket Server.
  • Securing Git operations between the user's computer and Bitbucket Server is a separate consideration - see Enabling SSH access to Git.
  • It is also possible to get Bitbucket Server to directly use SSL without the help of a proxy as documented in Securing Bitbucket Server with Tomcat using SSL.

Note that the Atlassian Support Offering does not cover HAProxy integration, but you can get assistance with HAProxy from the Atlassian community on, or from an Atlassian Expert.

Step 1: Set a context path for Bitbucket Server

Bitbucket Server and HAProxy need to be serving from the same context. Bitbucket Server is currently accessed at It needs to be changed to serve from to match context

  1. Locate the file in the shared directory of your <Bitbucket Server home directory>.

  2. Change the context path for Bitbucket Server by adding 

  3. Save the file.

Good to know

  • If you use a context path, it is important that the same path is appended to the context path of Bitbucket Server's base URL (Step 2). 
  • The context path for serving from the root context is path="" (i.e not path="/").

Step 2: Change Bitbucket Server's base URL

  1. Open a browser window and log into Bitbucket Server using an administrator account.
  2. Go to the Bitbucket Server administration area and click Server settings (under 'Settings'), and change Base URL to match the URL HAProxy will be serving. For this example, use

Step 3: Configure the Tomcat Connector

Following our example, you need to configure these attributes that tell Tomcat how HAProxy is serving Bitbucket Server so it can generate correct URLs.

Locate the <Bitbucket Server home directory>/shared/ file, and add the following:


What these attributes do

  • proxyPort is set to 443 to indicate that HAProxy is accepting connections over on the standard HTTPS port 443. 
  • proxyName and scheme are are set to the values that HAProxy is serving Bitbucket Server over. 

  • secure attribute is also set to true to tell Bitbucket Server that the connection between the client and HAProxy is considered secure. 

  • redirectPort is set to 443 so that Tomcat knows how to send a user to a secure location when necessary (this is not really necessary in this example because this connector is already secure). 


For more information about configuring the Tomcat Connector, refer to the Apache Tomcat 7.0 HTTP Connector Reference.

Step 4: Configure HAProxy

Merge the example below into your HAProxy configuration (e.g /etc/haproxy/haproxy.cfg). This is a complete HAProxy 1.5.x configuration. Note that HAProxy 1.5.x or greater is required for SSL support. You can just take the bits that fit your needs. The important configuration is in the bitbucket_http_frontend and bitbucket_http_backend.

	log /dev/log local0
	log /dev/log local1 notice
	user haproxy
	group haproxy
    ssl-default-bind-options no-sslv3
    maxconn 1000

	log	global
	mode http
	option httplog
	option dontlognull
    timeout connect 5000
    timeout client  50000
    timeout server  50000
# Tells HAProxy to start listening for HTTPS requests. It uses the SSL key 
# and certificate found within certAndKey.pem. All requests will be routed 
# to the bitbucket_http_backend.
frontend bitbucket_http_frontend
    bind *:443 ssl crt /etc/haproxy/certAndKey.pem ciphers HIGH:!aNULL:!MD5
    default_backend bitbucket_http_backend
    # This is an optional rule that will redirect all requests to
    # to
    redirect location /bitbucket if { path -i / }

# The bitbucket_http_backend simply forwards all requests onto 
# It will only allow 50 concurrent connections to the server at once.
backend bitbucket_http_backend
    mode http
    option httplog
    option forwardfor
    option http-server-close
    option httpchk
    server bitbucket01 maxconn 50

(Optional) Step 4: Redirect SSH connections 

HAProxy also has the ability to proxy all Bitbucket Server SSH traffic. See Setting up SSH port forwarding for details.


Last modified on Oct 13, 2020

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