Certbot NGINX plugin not available for CentOS 7?

We’re using CentOS 7 and we run NGINX. The NGINX plugin would be the perfect way to obtain the SSL certificate and configure NGINX. I just can’t install Let’s Encrpt’s NGINX plugin. Where/How do I install it?

certbot -v

shows me that these plugins are installed (and that the NGINX plugin is missing):

certbot version: 0.12.0
Arguments: ['-v']
Discovered plugins: PluginsRegistry(PluginEntryPoint#apache,PluginEntryPoint#webroot,PluginEntryPoint#null,PluginEntryPoint#manual,PluginEntryPoint#standalone)

yum install python-certbot-nginx

results in “package not found”, but installing the apache plugin works just fine:

yum install python-certbot-apache

Fedora also seems to be lacking the NGINX plugin.


hi @a5cent

review: https://certbot.eff.org/#centosrhel7-nginx


@ahaw021 That piece of the screenshot doesn’t say anything about the nginx plugin. The webserver specific plugins are separate packages, so installing only certbot doesn’t help @a5cent. Mostly because he already did that.

@a5cent To expand on @ahaw021’s post: unfortunately, the EPEL repository doesn’t provide the nginx plugin. As you can see from the list of packages starting with p and search for certbot, you can see EPEL provides certbot itself and the certbot-apache plugin.

Perhaps you can file an issue with the EPEL maintainers, as this isn’t something Let’s Encrypt can fix for you.

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sorry I should have filled it out a bit more

Thanks for updating


following on you can try the alternative methods

Advanced Install


Since it doesn’t seem like your operating system has a packaged version of Certbot, you should use our certbot-auto script to get a copy:

wget https://dl.eff.org/certbot-auto
chmod a+x certbot-auto

certbot-auto accepts the same flags as certbot; it is a wrapper that installs all of its own dependencies and updates the client code automatically. So you can just run:

you can also try pip install certbot-nginx if your python packages are in good order


Thanks to both of you! certbot-auto did the trick. I was aware it existed but up until now didn’t understand what for (not a lot of documentation on that). I will also file a request with the EPEL maintainers.

If our setup (Fedora based OS with NGINX but without Apache) were more common I suspect this issue would be mentioned all over the web. Hope this helps someone else too.

Thanks again!

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