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Is it possible to automatically redirect HTTP to HTTPS?

Can I amend my host file in such a way that when I visit it will redirect me to or is there another way to achieve this.

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HTTPS Everywhere is a good start, if you want a custom brew solution then use Privoxy to rewrite URLs.

Please note that the hosts file is to give domains a new IP and only just that...

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HTTP and HTTPS are different protocols. Your hosts file (or DNS) does not determine what protocol is used.

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