Enabling https SSL connection with The Lounge self-hosted IRC client

Please note: This is the same as https://nertant.com/2016/02/05/enabling-https-ssl-connection-with-the-shout-self-hosted-irc-client/ but updated for the more up-to-date fork called The Lounge.

The Lounge is a great self-hosted IRC client, similar to IRCCloud. Unfortunately it only supports http straight out of the box and enabling https is not documented. Here’s how to enable it.

First you should stop lounge.

Make a directory for our SSL certificate:

cd .lounge
mkdir ssl

Generate our SSL certificate:

openssl genrsa 1024 > key.pem
openssl req -x509 -new -key key.pem > key-cert.pem

Let’s edit our lounge config file to enable https and tell lounge where our SSL certificate is located.

nano .configjs

Find the section:

https: {


enable: false, to enable: true and populate the key and certificate fields:

key: "/home/nertant/.lounge/ssl/key.pem",

certificate: "/home/nertant/.lounge/ssl/key-cert.pem"

My config file looks like:

https: {
// Enable HTTPS support.
enable: true,
key: "/home/nertant/.lounge/ssl/key.pem",
certificate: "/home/nertant/.lounge/ssl/key-cert.pem"

Start lounge.

lounge start

lounge is now accessible from https. Since the SSL certificate is self-signed, your browser will likely present a warning when trying to access lounge. This can be disregarded for most personal uses. If your lounge instance is accessible by many people, it’s probably a good idea to use a paid SSL certificate to prevent seeing the warning message in the browser.

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