Add secure flag to JSESSIONID cookie in spring automatically

If you are using Spring Boot, there is a simple solution for it. Just set the following property in your

Source: Spring docs - Appendix A. Common application properties

If you have some environment with HTTPS and some without it, you will need to set it to false in profiles without HTTPS. Otherwise the Secure cookie is ignored.

in your application.yml just add

      secure: true

When you use spring-session, e.g. to persist your session in reddis, this is indeed done automatically. The cookie is than created by org.springframework.session.web.http.CookieHttpSessionStrategy which in CookieHttpSessionStrategy#createSessionCookie checks if the request comes via HTTPS and sets secure accordingly:


If you do not use spring-session, you can configure secure cookies using a ServletContextInitializer. Use a application property, to set it to true/false depending on a profile.

public ServletContextInitializer servletContextInitializer(@Value("${secure.cookie}") boolean secure) {
    return new ServletContextInitializer() {

        public void onStartup(ServletContext servletContext) throws ServletException {
} (used in dev when profile 'prod' is not active):

secure.cookie=false (only used when profile 'prod' is active, overwrites value in


start your application on the prod server with :

Sounds like some effort, if you have not worked with profiles so far, but you will most likely need a profile for prod environment anyway, so its really worth it.

Behind nginx as ssl terminal point it is not trivial task: secured connection must be detected by nginx header (X-Forwarded-Proto: https, see Using the Forwarded header)
But it is easy solved by nginx config:

if ($scheme = http) {
    return 301 https://$http_host$request_uri;
proxy_cookie_path / "/; secure";