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When installing Let’s Encrypt, you will want your certificate to be renewed. However, as part of the installation, there is a cron job that gets installed along with the certificate.

This means that your certificate will automatically update when it comes round to renewing the certificate. Which in turn means that there is no manual intervention that is required.

You can review your crontab entries that are stored from Let’s Encrypt by typing in CLI crontab -e

You will see entries much like the following:

35 0 * * * "https://cdn.quickbox.io/root/.acme.sh"/acme.sh --cron --home "https://cdn.quickbox.io/root/.acme.sh" > /dev/null
30 2 * * 1 ~/acme.sh/acme.sh --cron --home ~/acme.sh > /dev/null

Certificate not renewing?

If you encounter your certificate not renewing for any reason, take note of the following to attempt getting back on track.

  1. If using Let’s Encrypt, double check that you are not behind the CF proxy (Cloud icon orange on the domain). If so, turn that off so the icon is grey and attempt to regenerate your certificate.
  2. Run this line of code to force the renew, any errors will be posted.
    bash /root/acme.sh/acme.sh --force --renew-all && service nginx restart

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