In the public wifi network, I can't download files with http links but I can use https links. How can I download a file served with http? A solution I have proposed is to convert the link from http to https but I have no idea how it's done.

  • Is this some network applied restriction? Or do you want to force yourself to download through secure channels only?
    – Mario
    Aug 12, 2013 at 9:54
  • they have restricted. but i need to download a file immediately . please help me :-) Aug 12, 2013 at 9:57
  • What kind of file are we talking about? Text? Or some binary data?
    – Mario
    Aug 12, 2013 at 9:58
  • A movie. .MKV about 700mb size. Aug 12, 2013 at 10:02
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    You say you can use https links - do you mean that that content which is offered readily with https links works ok? Does the server the video file is on serve anything over https? If not, you'd need to request them to start offering service also over secured connection. Not all HTTP servers have HTTPS enabled...
    – zagrimsan
    Aug 12, 2013 at 10:20

2 Answers 2


It sounds like you are trying to get around a transparent proxy that is blocking things on normal unencrypted HTTP but not doing anything with HTTPS.

There is no simple way to "redirect" HTTP links to HTTPS purely from the client end. The server in question must support sending the content through HTTPS on their end, and from the client end you can't do anything or make the server do what it isn't configured to do.

Some sites redirect users that go to an http:// version of their site to an https:// version. What is happening is the web server on their end is issuing a 302 Redirect or similar in response to your HTTP query, causing your browser to redirect to their HTTPS site automatically. Without the server ready/willing to do this you can't do it yourself.

So you will need a proxy or similar outside of the network to accomplish what you are trying.


You need something like a reverse proxy to get insecure content and serve it over a secure connection.

Similar question (but about images): https://stackoverflow.com/questions/36381612/easy-reverse-proxy-for-serving-images-over-ssl

There's a number of answers there - but the short answer is that you need another server.

An alternative, which I ONLY recommend if you have an actual emergency, is to connect to Tor and download the file over Tor. The reason for not recommending this is that Tor is that it will needlessly strain the network and the file transfer will most likely be excruciatingly slow.

UPDATE: Another option is to use a VPN or a public proxy. However, again, this requires another server between you and the file.

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