Let's Encrypt is a non-profit certificate authority that provides free X.509 certificates for TLS encryption through an automated process designed to replace the current complex process of manually creating, verifying, signing, installing and updating certificates for secure websites. Let's Encrypt recently introduced a Wildcard certificate for your domain, now you can use ssl without wildcards for your domain and for multiple subdomains with just one SSL certificate.

This guide will work with Linux distributions such as CentOS, Ubuntu, Debian.
Installation is done using Ubuntu OS as an example, to install git on CentOS OS, you need to use package managers yum, instead of apt-get.

After installation, a cron job will be created to automatically renew the certificate.  
~~~.shell
[Tue Jun 8 14:22:33 MSK 2021] Installing cron job
6 0 * * * * "/root/.acme.sh"/acme.sh --cron --home "/root/.acme.sh" > /dev/null  
[Tue Jun 8 14:22:33 MSK 2021] Good, bash is found, so change the shebang to use bash as preferred.
[Tue Jun 8 14:22:34 MSK 2021] OK


~~~

* Requesting a release:
``.shell
bash acme.sh --issue -d testfrnx.ru -d *.testfrnx.ru --dns --force --yes-I-know-dns-manual-mode-enough-go-ahead-please  

Instead of testfrnx.ru you must specify your domain.

  • The script will generate 2 TXT records to be added to DNS panel:
    ``.shell
    [Tue Jun 8 14:23:11 MSK 2021] Domain: '_acme-challenge.testfrnx.ru'
    [Tue Jun 8 14:23:11 MSK 2021] TXT value: 'GCgAc4Q1Ur4Iv5A-SFhaZ6as-IyuIbfcm7FnUq3Qxs'
    ...
    [Tue Jun 8 14:23:12 MSK 2021] Domain: '_acme-challenge.testfrnx.ru'
    [Tue Jun 8 14:23:12 MSK 2021] TXT value: 'dA6AcK4oR2VOIuD_i7zdNn6RZXXBJORpZWlhDOmk96A'

When adding a record, you should add a period at the end of the record name. For example:  

``.shell
TXT record _acme-challenge.testfrnx.ru.  
value : "dA6AcK4oR2VOIuD_i7zdNn6RZXXBJORpZWlhDOmk96A"  

``.shell
TXT record _acme-challenge.testfrnx.ru.
value : "GCgAc4Q1Ur4Iv5A-SFhaZ6as-IyuIbfcm7FnUOq3Qxs"


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* Checking to see if the DNS records have been updated 
``.shell
dig txt +short _acme-challenge.testfrnx.ru  
"GCgAc4Q1Ur4Iv5A-SFhaZ6as-IyuIbfcm7FnUOq3Qxs"
"dA6AcK4oR2VOIuD_i7zdNn6RZZXXBJORpZWlhDOmk96A"
  • After updating the DNS, resume issuing the certificate:
    ``.shell
    bash acme.sh --renew -d testfrnx.ru -d *.testfrnx.ru --dns --force --yes-I-know-dns-manual-mode-enough-go-ahead-please

``.shell
[Tue Jun 8 15:26:45 MSK 2021] Renew: 'testfrnx.ru'
[Tue Jun 8 15:26:46 MSK 2021] Using CA: https://acme-v02.api.letsencrypt.org/directory
[Tue Jun 8 15:26:46 MSK 2021] Multi domain='DNS:testfrnx.ru,DNS:*.testfrnx.ru'
[Tue Jun 8 15:26:46 MSK 2021] Getting domain auth token for each domain
[Tue Jun 8 15:26:46 MSK 2021] Verifying: testfrnx.ru
[Tue Jun 8 15:26:50 MSK 2021] Success
[Tue Jun 8 15:26:50 MSK 2021] Verifying: *.testfrnx.ru
[Tue Jun 8 15:26:54 MSK 2021] Success
[Tue Jun 8 15:26:54 MSK 2021] Verify finished, start to sign.
[Tue Jun 8 15:26:54 MSK 2021] Lets finalize the order.
[Tue Jun 8 15:26:54 MSK 2021] Le_OrderFinalize='https://acme-v02.api.letsencrypt.org/acme/finalize/126277849/10255533047'
[Tue Jun 8 15:26:55 MSK 2021] Downloading cert.
[Tue Jun 8 15:26:55 MSK 2021] Le_LinkCert='https://acme-v02.api.letsencrypt.org/acme/cert/03b7103ef19e6ed4f7ed37a88639dfc16fda'
[Tue Jun 8 15:26:56 MSK 2021] Cert success.
-----BEGIN CERTIFICATE-----
MIIFKzCCBBOgAwIBAgISA7cQPvGebtT37TeohjnfwW/aMA0GCSqGSIb3DQEBCwUA  
MDIxCzAJBgNVBAYTAlVTMTMRYwFAYDVQQKEw1MZXQncyBFbmNyeXB0MQswCQYDVQQD  
EwJSMzAeFw0yMTA2MDgxMTI2NTVaFw0yMTA5MDYxMTI2NTVaMBYxFDASBgNVBAMT  
C3Rlc3Rmcm54LnJ1MIIBIjANBgkqhkiG9w0BAQEFAAOCAQ8AMIIBCgKCAQEA0CVy  
hiWdP/ctjDvgdrtpqj7TWhonFK/0Kyp/EHh5QyjU/9eqh/3XzeLN404Qw1wzWA2M  
3PUMUtWHaWoQNL97cWT493BkC8VmfLIFCdxWl8YPQpFg1ue6P+ELveYZKZQdOJ9e  
jviO/LKv8IioXboLoI2BmtA8aDV1A/bUKPces3jAVdOD/YKRGbyHY0rcqsJotmC4  
Uf5qRmPpxM9Vz9QwSTsj5/XlSQgJsX4VTozoU2i4bjH54mQYqr2t4lsklCsJx0BR  
IofOYG3mYoWTdJFSq6aufzOIIax46KZItcGoxbB/xOvLTMancJrHgutyvWFcMHod  
3wUjjqoxMM3zLJuaOwIDAQABo4ICVTCCAlEwDgYDVR0PAQH/BAQDAgWgMB0GA1Ud  
JQQWMBQGCCsGAQUFBwMBBggrBgEFBQcDAjAMBgNVHRMBAf8EAjAAMB0GA1UdDgQW  
BBQ13H1ptA55SgCPtLPn7WPw5dNzfjAfBgNVHSMEGDAWgBQULrMXt1hWy65QCUDm  
H6+dixTCxjBVBggrBgEFBQcBAQQRJMEcwIQYIKwYBBQUHMAGGFWh0dHA6Ly9yMy5v  
LmxlbmNyLm9yZzAiBggrBgEFBQcwAoYWaHR0cDovL3IzLmkubGVuY3Iub3JnLzAl  
OMRYIhVy2z1EAP/fPNiSPQ6v2wB2AG9Tdqwx8DEZ2JkApFEV/3cVHBHZAsEAKQaN  
sgiaN9kTAAABeeuXDPkAAQDAEcwRQIhAL0fmCcsEIIB7BZuX1fy0Y7c6XkaoaE2  
MmWcI75fbQV6AiA+gD9kPSX5WFu0aCRSRj2cBnyDzr/WBUvw/xLQ3UF2bzANBgkq  
hkiG9w0BAQsFAAOCAQEAIfPpNQGil4ebxGfv6yGK8bXzg7nHnUx7PQ//Bsz47OXt  
fC5URvam9+8lhzRycD5RCJbzhvW8kqNEx6xOavsMlnpkVfiQYqVCTPxGitsw4ETF  
iYHT6s1xCLqqek/QI9oy+A0QIdmaI3tEMiDmtK5pbnATWlmKUP6eUErZZTuaioE4m  
vTYOXId0nrMeZSa/N62mSJfpuQBfk3K1xiYVGxci6WwbB4PmfZX+hOQNAFn+zoWQ  
Rl3kO4CDbCxsaXCzxz1BW65arox2vkAlXVHznLxzTBRa5ysJi6U6xWGg8VpUsPwF  
1O/2l90+LYCsQ9Ib+SbsoD1TTkW6l/sKotVE43GTZQ==  
-----END CERTIFICATE-----
[Tue Jun 8 15:26:56 MSK 2021] Your cert is in /root/.acme.sh/testfrnx.ru/testfrnx.ru.cer 
[Tue Jun 8 15:26:56 MSK 2021] Your cert key is in /root/.acme.sh/testfrnx.ru/testfrnx.ru.key 
[Tue Jun 8 15:26:56 MSK 2021] The intermediate CA cert is in /root/.acme.sh/testfrnx.ru/ca.cer 
[Tue Jun 8 15:26:56 MSK 2021] And the full chain certs is there: /root/.acme.sh/testfrnx.ru/fullchain.cer 


This will give you the certificates, key and chain to add to the apache and nginx configuration files, removing the existing ones:
Apache:

/home/admin/conf/web/testfrnx.ru.apache2.ssl.conf, where testfrnx.ru domain name

``.shell
SSLCertificateFile /root/.acme.sh/testfrnx.ru/testfrnx.ru.cer
SSLCertificateKeyFile /root/.acme.sh/testfrnx.ru/testfrnx.ru.key
SSLCertificateChainFile /root/.acme.sh/testfrnx.ru/fullchain.cer

**Nginx:**

/home/admin/conf/web/testfrnx.ru.nginx.ssl.conf, where testfrnx.ru is domain name

``.shell
    ssl_certificate /root/.acme.sh/testfrnx.ru/fullchain.cer;
    ssl_certificate_key /root/.acme.sh/testfrnx.ru/testfrnx.ru.key;
  • Restart apache and nginx:
    ``.shell

service nginx restart

service apache2 restart



To update the certificates you need to run this command after 90 days, update the TXT dns record as below:  
``.shell
acme.sh --issue -d testfrnx.ru -d *.testfrnx.ru --dns --force --yes-I-know-dns-manual-mode-enough-go-ahead-please  

Where testfrnx.ru is your domain name.

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Automatically update let's encrypt certs with a Cron job, add this daily cron to check auto-update:
``.shell
0 0 * * * "/root/.acme.sh"/acme.sh --cron --home "/root/.acme.sh" > /dev/null
```


You can check if the certificate is installed correctly using this [service] (https://www.leaderssl.ru/tools/ssl_checker).

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