Certbot is EFF's tool to obtain certs from Let's Encrypt and (optionally) auto-enable HTTPS on your server. It can also act as a client for any other CA that uses the ACME protocol.
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bmw Update pinned urllib3 (#6601)
GitHub notified us about a security vulnerability in our pinned version of `urllib3` earlier this week. It doesn't affect us, but we might as well upgrade anyway. I checked:

* There are no backwards incompatible features we care about listed at https://github.com/urllib3/urllib3/blob/master/CHANGES.rst.
* urllib3's dependencies don't also need to be updated according to https://github.com/urllib3/urllib3/blob/1.24.1/setup.py.
* The hashes match when obtained from different network vantage points.
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Certbot is part of EFF’s effort to encrypt the entire Internet. Secure communication over the Web relies on HTTPS, which requires the use of a digital certificate that lets browsers verify the identity of web servers (e.g., is that really google.com?). Web servers obtain their certificates from trusted third parties called certificate authorities (CAs). Certbot is an easy-to-use client that fetches a certificate from Let’s Encrypt—an open certificate authority launched by the EFF, Mozilla, and others—and deploys it to a web server.

Anyone who has gone through the trouble of setting up a secure website knows what a hassle getting and maintaining a certificate is. Certbot and Let’s Encrypt can automate away the pain and let you turn on and manage HTTPS with simple commands. Using Certbot and Let's Encrypt is free, so there’s no need to arrange payment.

How you use Certbot depends on the configuration of your web server. The best way to get started is to use our interactive guide. It generates instructions based on your configuration settings. In most cases, you’ll need root or administrator access to your web server to run Certbot.

Certbot is meant to be run directly on your web server, not on your personal computer. If you’re using a hosted service and don’t have direct access to your web server, you might not be able to use Certbot. Check with your hosting provider for documentation about uploading certificates or using certificates issued by Let’s Encrypt.

Certbot is a fully-featured, extensible client for the Let's Encrypt CA (or any other CA that speaks the ACME protocol) that can automate the tasks of obtaining certificates and configuring webservers to use them. This client runs on Unix-based operating systems.

To see the changes made to Certbot between versions please refer to our changelog.

Until May 2016, Certbot was named simply letsencrypt or letsencrypt-auto, depending on install method. Instructions on the Internet, and some pieces of the software, may still refer to this older name.


If you'd like to contribute to this project please read Developer Guide.


The easiest way to install Certbot is by visiting certbot.eff.org, where you can find the correct installation instructions for many web server and OS combinations. For more information, see Get Certbot.

How to run the client

In many cases, you can just run certbot-auto or certbot, and the client will guide you through the process of obtaining and installing certs interactively.

For full command line help, you can type:

./certbot-auto --help all

You can also tell it exactly what you want it to do from the command line. For instance, if you want to obtain a cert for example.com, www.example.com, and other.example.net, using the Apache plugin to both obtain and install the certs, you could do this:

./certbot-auto --apache -d example.com -d www.example.com -d other.example.net

(The first time you run the command, it will make an account, and ask for an email and agreement to the Let's Encrypt Subscriber Agreement; you can automate those with --email and --agree-tos)

If you want to use a webserver that doesn't have full plugin support yet, you can still use "standalone" or "webroot" plugins to obtain a certificate:

./certbot-auto certonly --standalone --email admin@example.com -d example.com -d www.example.com -d other.example.net

Understanding the client in more depth

To understand what the client is doing in detail, it's important to understand the way it uses plugins. Please see the explanation of plugins in the User Guide.


Documentation: https://certbot.eff.org/docs

Software project: https://github.com/certbot/certbot

Notes for developers: https://certbot.eff.org/docs/contributing.html

Main Website: https://certbot.eff.org

Let's Encrypt Website: https://letsencrypt.org

Community: https://community.letsencrypt.org

ACME spec: http://ietf-wg-acme.github.io/acme/

ACME working area in github: https://github.com/ietf-wg-acme/acme

Travis CI status Coverage status Documentation status Docker Repository on Quay.io

System Requirements

See https://certbot.eff.org/docs/install.html#system-requirements.

Current Features

  • Supports multiple web servers:
    • apache/2.x
    • nginx/0.8.48+
    • webroot (adds files to webroot directories in order to prove control of domains and obtain certs)
    • standalone (runs its own simple webserver to prove you control a domain)
    • other server software via third party plugins
  • The private key is generated locally on your system.
  • Can talk to the Let's Encrypt CA or optionally to other ACME compliant services.
  • Can get domain-validated (DV) certificates.
  • Can revoke certificates.
  • Adjustable RSA key bit-length (2048 (default), 4096, ...).
  • Can optionally install a http -> https redirect, so your site effectively runs https only (Apache only)
  • Fully automated.
  • Configuration changes are logged and can be reverted.
  • Supports an interactive text UI, or can be driven entirely from the command line.
  • Free and Open Source Software, made with Python.

For extensive documentation on using and contributing to Certbot, go to https://certbot.eff.org/docs. If you would like to contribute to the project or run the latest code from git, you should read our developer guide.