Invalid response 403

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My domain is:,,

I ran this command:
sudo certbot renew --dry-run

It produced this output:

Processing /usr/local/etc/letsencrypt/renewal/temp3.conf

Simulating renewal of an existing certificate for and 2 more domains

Certbot failed to authenticate some domains (authenticator: webroot). The Certificate Authority reported these problems:
Type: unauthorized
Detail: Invalid response from 403

Hint: The Certificate Authority failed to download the temporary challenge files created by Certbot. Ensure that the listed domains serve their content from the provided --webroot-path/-w and that files created there can be downloaded from the internet.

Failed to renew certificate temp3 with error: Some challenges have failed.

All simulated renewals failed. The following certificates could not be renewed:
/usr/local/etc/letsencrypt/live/temp3/fullchain.pem (failure)

1 renew failure(s), 0 parse failure(s)
Ask for help or search for solutions at See the logfile /var/log/letsencrypt/letsencrypt.log or re-run Certbot with -v for more details.

My web server is (include version):
Name : apache24
Version : 2.4.54

The operating system my web server runs on is (include version):
FreeBSD mars 13.1-RELEASE-p2 FreeBSD 13.1-RELEASE-p2 GENERIC amd64

My hosting provider, if applicable, is:

I can login to a root shell on my machine (yes or no, or I don't know):

I'm using a control panel to manage my site (no, or provide the name and version of the control panel):

The version of my client is (e.g. output of certbot --version or certbot-auto --version if you're using Certbot):
certbot 1.29.0

Note: was added to work around a renewal problem. I would like to get rid of it along with (which I haven't actively used in several years). The only cert that should remain is

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Note: the problem with likely is that it is a proxy to my inverter. I cannot keep editing vhosts.conf every time I need to renew my certs, or have alternate vhosts.conf files to switch between. Hence, it is best to do away with it.

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I was able to update the one domain that I want to keep using

sudo certbot certonly -d

Now how do I get rid of the unwanted ones so that the auto renew script doesn't keep trying to update them?

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It looks like this created a new renewal file. I moved out the old temp3.conf file. Hopefully, that fixes future renewals. I'll have to revisit the renewal script, as the new system uses the apache plugin, rather than the standalone web serve I've used in the past.

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First run certbot certificates
That will show you all your certificates.
Double check the names of the certs you want to delete. There should be a cert for each of and you want deleted (as well as the one you want to keep).
Run certbot delete --cert-name --cert-name

Restart your server and you're all set.


Thanks for the hint. certbot certificates only shows the desired certificate. I had to edit http-vhost.conf to update the certificate paths and do service apache24 restart.


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