Nginx with SSL and mixed content errors with upstream WSGI servers

Mixed content errors occur because Nginx (the front-end server) communicates to the upstream WSGI server using http. WSGI does not know (or care) about the SSL session between Nginx and the user. The WSGI server will naively generate URIs and serve assets as http.

To fix mixed content errors, we need to communicate the inbound request scheme or configure the WSGI server to always use https.


Waitress is meant to be a production-quality pure-Python WSGI server with very acceptable performance. It commonly powers Pyramid and Substance D deployments.

To configure waitress to always use https in code:

from waitress import serve
serve(wsgiapp, host='', port=8080, url_scheme='https')

configure waitress to always use https in paste deploy compatible configuration file:

host =
port = 6543
url_scheme = https

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *