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Generate Wildcard SSL certificate from Let’s Encrypt using Certbot

First make sure certbot is installed on your system, the instructions below assume that you’re using Ubuntu.

If you just want to create the Certificate, skip to Step 2.

Step 1: Installing Certbot

First you’ll need to add the repository:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:certbot/certbot

After that run update:

$ sudo apt-get install certbot

Now that certbot is all installed, it’s time for the certificate.

Step 2: Generate The Wildcard Certificate

certbot certonly \
	--manual \
	--preferred-challenges=dns \
	--email [email protected] \
	--server https://acme-v02.api.letsencrypt.org/directory \
	--agree-tos \
	-d *.example.com

Step 3: Verify Domain Ownership

After executing the above step, Certbot will ask you to create a DNS text record.

Please deploy a DNS TXT record under the name
_acme-challenge.example.com with the following value:

qlOru1izqpJEo0WldOqjfkGyFC7OjU43QXP3-lDTmEA

Before continuing, verify the record is deployed.

Create the record and then use dig to verify that the record is working:

DNS TXT record on Cloudflare
DNS TXT record on Cloudflare
dig _acme-challenge.example.com txt

It should return something that looks like this:

;; ANSWER SECTION:
_acme-challenge.example.com. 300	IN	TXT	"qlOru1izqpJEo0WldOqjfkGyFC7OjU43QXP3-lDTmEA"

After it’s properly working hit enter to continue.

Step 4: Get the Certificate

After hitting enter on the above step your terminal window should now look something like this:

Press Enter to Continue
Waiting for verification...
Cleaning up challenges

IMPORTANT NOTES:
 - Congratulations! Your certificate and chain have been saved at:
   /etc/letsencrypt/live/example.com/fullchain.pem
   Your key file has been saved at:
   /etc/letsencrypt/live/example.com/privkey.pem
   Your cert will expire on 2020-08-22. To obtain a new or tweaked
   version of this certificate in the future, simply run certbot
   again. To non-interactively renew *all* of your certificates, run
   "certbot renew"
   ...

You can also verify what certificates you have with certbot:

certbot certificates

This will output a list of currently installed certificates:

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Found the following certs:
  Certificate Name: example.com
    Domains: *.example.com
    Expiry Date: 2020-08-22 18:11:07+00:00 (VALID: 89 days)
    Certificate Path: /etc/letsencrypt/live/example.com/fullchain.pem
    Private Key Path: /etc/letsencrypt/live/example.com/privkey.pem
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