[SSL] Let’s encrypt How to

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I only record command steps.

Install pre-required packages

$ sudo yum install gcc libffi-devel python-devel openssl-devel git

Get letsencrypt-auto script from GitHub repo

letsencrypt git link

$ sudo git clone https://github.com/letsencrypt/letsencrypt /usr/share/letsencrypt
Cloning into 'letsencrypt'...
remote: Counting objects: 48173, done.
remote: Compressing objects: 100% (14/14), done.
remote: Total 48173 (delta 3), reused 5 (delta 1), pack-reused 48158
Receiving objects: 100% (48173/48173), 14.80 MiB | 5.65 MiB/s, done.
Resolving deltas: 100% (34468/34468), done.

Install letsencrypt certificate for your domain

$ sudo /usr/share/letsencrypt/letsencrypt-auto --apache -d chenlego.me

This command will install required rpm packages first and then ask you some questions as below:

After, you completed the questions, it will put your certificate to /etc/letsencrypt/live/ folder and help you to well configure your apache config files

<VirtualHost *:80>
    ServerName chenlego.me
    Redirect / https://chenlego.me/
    RewriteEngine on
    RewriteCond %{SERVER_NAME} =chenlego.me
    RewriteRule ^ https://%{SERVER_NAME}%{REQUEST_URI} [END,NE,R=permanent]

<VirtualHost *:443>
    ServerName chenlego.me
    DocumentRoot /web/chenlego.me
    <Directory /web/chenlego.me>
        AllowOverride All
    CustomLog /web/log/chenlego.me-access.log combined
    ErrorLog /web/log/chenlego.me-error.log
    SSLEngine On
    SSLCertificateFile /etc/letsencrypt/live/chenlego.me/cert.pem
    SSLCertificateKeyFile /etc/letsencrypt/live/chenlego.me/privkey.pem
    SSLCertificateChainFile /etc/letsencrypt/live/chenlego.me/chain.pem

Finally, the only one action is to restart your apache to make it effect.

Auto re-new certificate

The term of SSL certificate that provided by letsencrypt is 90 days.

So, we can add a daily cron to auto re-new it to reduce your maintain efforts.

echo '#!/bin/bash' | sudo tee /etc/cron.daily/letsencrypt.renew

echo '/usr/share/letsencrypt/letsencrypt-auto renew > /var/log/letsencrypt-renew.log' | sudo tee -a /etc/cron.daily/letsencrypt.renew

sudo chmod 755 /usr/share/letsencrypt/letsencrypt-auto


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