How To Enable HTTP/2.0 Support on Nginx

Enable HTTP/2.0 Support on Nginx

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and enable HTTP/2.0 support on Nginx on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, HTTP/2 is the new updated HTTP protocol, and it’s supposed to be much more efficient than the now outdated http/1.1 version. Its goal is to reduce the latency as well as to make the web applications faster by allowing multiple concurrent requests between the web browser and the server across a single TCP connection. If you are looking to speed up the loading time of your website or blog then you should enable http/2.0 on your web server.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step enable HTTP/2.0 support in Nginx running Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa) server.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 20.04, 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Enable HTTP/2.0 Support on Nginx

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt commands in the terminal.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Enable HTTP/2.0 Nginx web server.

So make sure that your Nginx version supports the HTTP/2 protocol. If you have not installed Nginx or using an older version upgrade it first:

sudo apt install nginx

To verify the Nginx version we can use the following:

nginx -v 
# nginx version: nginx/1.10.1

To enable HTTP/2 in Nginx on an Ubuntu VPS you should edit the default Nginx server block:

nano /etc/nginx/sites-available/default

Add the http2 keywords to your virtual host/server block configuration:

server {  
        listen 443 ssl http2 default_server;
        root /var/www/html;
        index index.html;

        location / {
                try_files $uri $uri/ =404;

        ssl_certificate /etc/nginx/ssl/;
        ssl_certificate_key /etc/nginx/ssl/;

server {
       listen         80;
       return         301 https://$server_name$request_uri;

Enabling really is this simple, just change your current SSL line from this:

server {
  listen        443 ssl;

to this:

server {
  listen        443 ssl http2;

Once you finish editing the server block, save and close the file. Check if there are errors in the Nginx configuration using the command:

nginx -t

And then restart Nginx for the changes to take effect:

systemctl restart nginx.service

Step 3. Verify HTTP/2.

Go to and test if http/2.0 is detected in your domain:

Enable HTTP/2.0 Support on Nginx

Congratulations! You have successfully enabled the HTTP/2.0 web server. Thanks for using this tutorial to enable HTTP/2.0 support on Nginx running Ubuntu  20.04 LTS Focal Fossa system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Nginx website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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