how to force https: browsing on your app

i've got my app running on a dedicted linux box running lighttpd.

i have an ssl certificate installed and if i go to https://mysite.com
then i get to view the site over a secure connection as expected.

however, if the user just enters www.mysite.com then the browser will
use http: by default instead of https:.

does anyone know how to force connections to use https, or how to
redirect urls with http: to their https: equivalent?

Somewhere within the 'request' object there's got to be a protocol attribute. If that's not "https" then redirect them. You could do this check as a before_filter in application.rb to cover all your bases.

-philip

Philip,

The ssl_requirement plugin by DHH is highly recommended for this type
of thing. Very easy to use.

Repos:
http://dev.rubyonrails.org/browser/plugins/ssl_requirement

Install:
$./script/plugin install ssl_requirement