Help with certbot renew


Got my first SSL cert through letsencrypt a few months ago. I thought it would auto renew but turns out it didn’t. I’m not exactly sure what I did wrong. I went back to ubuntu and tried certbot renew and am getting this error:

PluginError(‘An authentication script must be provided with --manual-auth-hook when using the manual plugin non-interactively.’,)

All answers online have been leading me nowhere, they either seem outdated or I’m not understanding them. Should I be looking to get a brand new certificate or what am I doing wrong? Could anyone here point me to the right direction?


It means you used a manual authenticator. e.g. You got Certbot to list the TXT records you needed and entered them manually into your DNS hosting interface.

Sound familiar?

For automatic renewal, you need to use one of the automamatic authenticator plugins.

Who is your DNS host/what is your domain?


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