ACME certificate protocol (Let's Encrypt) proxy client with a dashboard and monitoring
Ruby HTML Shell
Latest commit 57dd615 Jan 11, 2017 @myfreeweb committed on GitHub Merge pull request #3 from nougad/patch-1
Make sender email configurable

freshcerts unlicense


ACME (currently implemented by Let's Encrypt) is a way to automatically (re)issue TLS certificates.

Most ACME clients are designed to run on the same machine as your TLS services. But if you have a lot of servers, there are two problems with that:

  • you either have to copy your account private key onto all of them, or register multiple accounts;
  • you don't have a nice monitoring dashboard & notifications!

freshcerts solves both problems. It runs a server that exposes a much simpler API to your servers (they'll use a tiny shell script that's pretty much openssl | curl | tar) and a dashboard to your system administrators. Servers are monitored to ensure they actually use the certs issued for them. Email notifications are sent to the admins for all errors found by monitoring and for all issued certificates.


It's a typical Ruby app, so you'll need Bundler:

$ git clone
$ cd freshcerts
$ bundle install --path vendor/bundle
$ mkdir data

Use environment variables to configure the app. Read common.rb to see which variables are available. You probably should change the ACME endpoint (by default, Let's Encrypt staging is used, not production):

$ export ACME_ENDPOINT=""
$ export ADMIN_EMAIL=""

Generate a tokens key:

$ openssl ecparam -genkey -name prime256v1 -out data/tokens.key.pem

Generate and register an account key:

$ openssl genrsa -out data/account.key.pem 4096
$ chmod 0400 data/account.key.pem
$ bundle exec ./register-account-key


$ bundle exec rackup -p 9393

In production, you'll want to configure your process manager to run it. Set RACK_ENV=production there in addition to the config variables (ACME_ENDPOINT, etc.)


For every domain:

Generate an auth token with bundle exec ./generate-token.

Configure the HTTP server to forward /.well-known/acme-challenge/* requests to the freshcerts server.

Configure cron to run the freshcerts-client script every day.

Args: domain, subject, ports (comma separated), reload command, auth token. Like this:

FRESHCERTS_HOST="" freshcerts-client / 443 "service nginx reload" "eyJ0eXAiOi..."

Figure out cert paths and file permissions :-)


Please feel free to submit pull requests!

By participating in this project you agree to follow the Contributor Code of Conduct.

The list of contributors is available on GitHub.


This is free and unencumbered software released into the public domain.
For more information, please refer to the UNLICENSE file or