Continue DNS Verfication

My domain is:

I ran this command: sudo certbot certonly --server --manual --preferred-challenges dns -d *

It produced this output:

Please deploy a DNS TXT record under the name with the following value:


Before continuing, verify the record is deployed.
Press Enter to Continue

I have added the TXT record, and it has now propagated, but my SSH connection times out before the propagation is complete. If I re-run the command above, a brand new challenge string is generated, and the timeout cycle begins anew.

I have been reading the documentation and checking the certbot --help docs, but have not been able to find an answer yet. How can I “continue” with the DNS verification process in order to finish creating the certificate?

Thanks in advance.

Certbot doesn’t have a way to do that.

You can work around it by solving the “SSH times out” issue, by doing something like:

  • Changing the keep-alive settings in your SSH client and/or server.

  • Running Certbot from within a terminal multiplexer like Screen, tmux or Byobu.

You could also use a different DNS service that you can automate DNS validation with.


Thank you @mnordhoff. All set now. :slight_smile:

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