Issue with renew - <urlopen error timed out>


I have an issue with renew of my certificate.

I ran this command as root:

./letsencrypt-auto renew

It produced this output:

Upgrading certbot-auto 0.28.0 to 0.30.0…
Couldn’t download <urlopen error timed out>

My operating system:
Debian GNU/Linux 8.11 (jessie)

The renew three months ago ran smoothly. Unfortunately not today.
Maybe someone can guide me to solve the issue.

Thank you!


Hi @Joo

are you able to connect other websites from this server?



Hi Juergen,

Yes, I am able to connect to other websites… also to google.


<!doctype html><meta content="text/html; ch

(sorry, I am not able to past the result here, too many > and < [angle brackets] )


Perhaps one of the name servers has an expired ip cached.





to see the current ip address of If this doesn’t work, check your /etc/hosts file and add

as a static (temporary) ip address.



Thank you very much, I was abel to solfing the issue and renew certificates now.

The issue was an entry in my iptables. It blocked one of the IP of *

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