Maven-publish to https, gradle 2.14.1, java 1.8.0_102 Mac OS X, cert path problems

Hello. When I try to publish via the maven-publish plugin, configured like:

publishing {
    repositories {
        maven {
            authentication {
            credentials {
                username = 'user'
                password = 'pass'
            url ''
    publications {
        mavenJava(MavenPublication) {

I get the following error:

Could not GET ''. PKIX path building failed: unable to find valid certification path to requested target

I am using a cert that is valid and signed by godaddy. It works fine in my browser, and I can curl from the command line and it’s fine also. What do I need to do in order to get gradle to accept the valid and signed cert?

Edit: I had the same result on CentOS with a similar configuration otherwise. Can gradle simply not handle deploying to an https url?

Sounds like the trust store of your JDK does not contain the root certs of your Nexus server. However, as a check, are you able to resolve dependencies from the server or does that also fail with the same error?

$JAVA_HOME/jre/lib/security/cacerts may need to be updated. I’m no expert on this stuff, I’m just throwing out ideas based on some googling.
EDIT: Mac trust store might be somewhere else, I’m not sure.