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Node.js and Express serving the same content for HTTP and HTTPS via SSL

In my previous post I explained how to set up SSL for Node.js/Express. Now, I want to serve the same content using the same logic for both http and https, and I don’t want to duplicate my code.

The idea is to move everything involving Express app. into a function. Call the function for both http and https server. If you have global variables, make sure they are outside of this function:

var apps = express.createServer({key: pkey, cert: cert, ca: [dad1,dad2]});
var app = express.createServer();
startServer(app, false);
startServer(apps, true);

function startServer(app, isSSL) {
    app.configure(function () { // just some sample code

    app.get(‘/’, function(req, res){
        if (isSSL)
            res.end(‘Hello HTTPS’);
            res.end(‘Hello HTTP’);

This works, although I hope there is some nicer solution.

Milan Babuškov, 2011-12-01
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