A Puppet module to install the Letsencrypt client and request certificates.
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Let's Encrypt

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This module installs the Let's Encrypt client from source and allows you to request certificates.


This module is currently only written to work on Debian and RedHat based operating systems, although it may work on others. The supported Puppet versions are defined in the metadata.json


On EL (Red Hat, CentOS etc.) systems, the EPEL repository needs to be enabled for the Let's Encrypt client package.

The module can integrate with stahnma/epel to set up the repo by setting the configure_epel parameter to true (the default for RedHat) and installing the module.

On Debian Jessie the module assumes the package certbot is available. This package can be found in jessie-backports. When using puppetlabs/apt the following code can be used:

include ::apt
include ::apt::backports
apt::pin { 'jessie-backports-letsencrypt':
  release  => 'jessie-backports',
  packages => prefix(['acme', 'cryptography', 'openssl', 'psutil', 'setuptools', 'pyasn1', 'pkg-resources'], 'python-'),
  priority => 700,


To install the Let's Encrypt client with the default configuration settings you must provide your email address to register with the Let's Encrypt servers:

class { ::letsencrypt:
  email => 'foo@example.com',

If using EL7 without EPEL-preconfigured, add configure_epel:

class { ::letsencrypt:
  configure_epel => true,
  email          => 'foo@example.com',

(If you manage epel some other way, disable it with configure_epel => false.)

This will install the Let's Encrypt client and its dependencies, agree to the Terms of Service, initialize the client, and install a configuration file for the client.

Alternatively, you can specify your email address in the $config hash:

class { ::letsencrypt:
  config => {
    email  => 'foo@example.com',
    server => 'https://acme-v01.api.letsencrypt.org/directory',

During testing, you probably want to direct to the staging server instead with server => 'https://acme-staging.api.letsencrypt.org/directory'

If you don't wish to provide your email address, you can set the unsafe_registration parameter to true (this is not recommended):

class { ::letsencrypt:
  unsafe_registration => true,

To request a certificate for foo.example.com using the certonly installer and the standalone authenticator:

letsencrypt::certonly { 'foo.example.com': }

To request a certificate for foo.example.com and bar.example.com with the certonly installer and the apache authenticator:

letsencrypt::certonly { 'foo':
  domains => ['foo.example.com', 'bar.example.com'],
  plugin  => 'apache',

To request a certificate using the webroot plugin, the paths to the webroots for all domains must be given through webroot_paths. If domains and webroot_paths are not the same length, the last webroot_paths element will be used for all subsequent domains.

letsencrypt::certonly { 'foo':
  domains       => ['foo.example.com', 'bar.example.com'],
  plugin        => 'webroot',
  webroot_paths => ['/var/www/foo', '/var/www/bar'],

If you need to pass a command line flag to the letsencrypt-auto command that is not supported natively by this module, you can use the additional_args parameter to pass those arguments:

letsencrypt::certonly { 'foo':
  domains         => ['foo.example.com', 'bar.example.com'],
  plugin          => 'apache',
  additional_args => ['--foo bar', '--baz quuz'],
  • ensure_cron can be used to automatically renew the certificate
  • cron_success_command can be used to run a shell command on a successful renewal
  • cron_before_command can be used to run a shell command before a renewal
  • cron_monthday can be used to specify one or multiple days of the month to run the cron job (defaults to every day)
  • cron_hour can be used to specify hour(s) to run the cron job (defaults to a seeded random hour)
  • cron_minute can be used to specify minute(s) to run the cron job (defaults to a seeded random minute)
  • suppress_cron_output can be used to disable output (and resulting emails) generated by the cron command
letsencrypt::certonly { 'foo':
  domains              => ['foo.example.com', 'bar.example.com'],
  ensure_cron          => 'present',
  cron_hour            => [0,12],
  cron_minute          => '30',
  cron_before_command  => 'service nginx stop',
  cron_success_command => '/bin/systemctl reload nginx.service',
  suppress_cron_output => true,


  1. Fork it
  2. Create a feature branch
  3. Write a failing test
  4. Write the code to make that test pass
  5. Refactor the code
  6. Submit a pull request

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