Automatically Update SSL Certificates by Certbot

Certbot is a fully-featured client for the Let’s Encrypt CA that can automate the tasks of obtaining certificates and configuring webservers to use them.

I would like to introduce certbot for obtaining certiciates and renew the certiciates.

😼 Tutorial Environment

In this article, I use the following linux env:

  • OS: CentOS/RHEL 7
  • Server: Nginx

If your env is different, please see official guide.

🏈 Installation

You should first enable EPEL repository and install Certbot

sudo yum -y install yum-utils
sudo yum-config-manager --enable rhui-REGION-rhel-server-extras rhui-REGION-rhel-server-optional

sudo yum install certbot-nginx

🐝 Automated Get Started

Running a folloing command will get a certificate and have Certbot edit your Nginx configuration automatically to serve it.

sudo certbot --nginx

🐹 Automating Renewal

You can set up a cron or systemd job for renewaling certificate

30 3 * * * /usr/bin/certbot renew --quiet --webroot && /bin/systemctl reload nginx

If you are running Rails application, you should specify a root folder of the Rails app:

30 3 * * * /usr/bin/certbot renew --quiet --webroot --webroot-path /RAILS/PATH/TO && /bin/systemctl reload nginx

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