Is auto-renew on?

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My domain is:

I ran this command: certbot certificates

It produced this output:
Saving debug log to /var/log/letsencrypt/letsencrypt.log

Found the following certs:
Certificate Name:
Expiry Date: 2022-07-09 18:24:46+00:00 (VALID: 89 days)
Certificate Path: /etc/letsencrypt/live/
Private Key Path: /etc/letsencrypt/live/

My web server is (include version): 2.4.41-4ubuntu3.10

The operating system my web server runs on is (include version): Ubuntu 20.04 w/ updates

My hosting provider, if applicable, is:

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

I'm using a control panel to manage my site (no, or provide the name and version of the control panel): no - that might be useful -- where do I get that (apt-search certbot didn't show anything like that)

The version of my client is (e.g. output of certbot --version or certbot-auto --version if you're using Certbot): certbot 0.40.0 (certbot-auto is not installed)
It was installed via apt-get install certbot

I have spent over an hour searching the web to figure out how I can determine if auto-renew is on.

While I have run across several articles, none of them answer my basic question. There are some
suggestions about adding a cron-job to do the renewal, but they aren't from letsencrypt. I have been
reading the certbot man page and have found an option called --no-autorenew and it says the
default setting is True. But nothing other than that tells me if it is True or False. The presence of
this option makes me think that there may be some auto-renewal activity as part of certbot itself.

It's unclear how I would use this option -- for example if I wanted to set it to False, what is the
syntax? How do I know which certificates it would apply to?

Sorry for the simple question here -- I just can't find the answer.

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  • crontab -l
  • systemctl list-timers | grep certbot

And also make sure the web service is restarted/reloaded after each renewal.


Thanks. Good to remember.


Ah, yes, the systemctl list-timers command did show an entry to certbot.timer/cerbot.service

Sun 2022-04-10 21:09:30 EDT 4h 57min left Sun 2022-04-10 06:52:10 EDT 9h ago certbot.timer certbot.service

Is that entry sufficient to tell me auto-renewal is on -- or just that some timer exists.?

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That timer runs the renew command. You can test that with

sudo certbot renew --dry-run

Could also look in your system log to ensure that timer runs.


Now check in /etc/letsencrypt/renewal and see if the files there contain info on how to install the certificate or reload the server.


Excellent. All looks good. My question has been answered.



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