Congratulations! Your certificate and chain have been saved at: what next?

I am running sudo certbot certonly --manual and I have completed the /.well-known/acme-challenge.

I have just received this news from the terminal:


  • Congratulations! Your certificate and chain have been saved at:
    Your key file has been saved at:
    Your cert will expire on 2019-10-14. 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”
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What commands can I use to copy the /etc/letsencrypt folder?

cp -R /etc/letsencrypt ~/Desktop is giving me permission denied.

Where do I upload the fullchain.pem and the privatekey.pem? Do I use my FTP for this?

Many thanks in advance!

Hi @Giansonn

that doesn't install your certificate.

What's your environment?


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You only need to copy two files, but you need to do it as the root user:

sudo cp -L /etc/letsencrypt/live/{fullchain.pem,privkey.pem} ~/Desktop/
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I am currently with however I cannot find anywhere in the cpanel to upload the certificate. I have the unlimited package with them.

/edit/ thanks for the sudo command I always forget what that does :+1:

So you have a control panel that looks like this one? On that interface, you can navigate to “SSL/TLS”, and then you will be prompted to enter the contents of your external certificate.

If you don’t have that interface, I’d suggest getting in contact with your host’s support reps - they should be able to guide to you to the right place. These procedures vary between different web hosts, so that’s the best way to get an answer.

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No SSL/TLS on the cpanel… It figures. Thanks for all the help!

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