Kong 2.0 released with ACMEv2 integration

Hi everyone,

I’m happy to announce that Kong, the world’s most popular open source API gateway, now has native ACMEv2 integration.

Kong has an integration with Let’s Encrypt and any other ACMEv2 compatible CA starting
version 2.0. The acme plugin is available in both Kong Gateway and Kong Enterprise. Simply enable the plugin, and Kong takes care of the entire certificate management lifecycle.

If you have any question or suggestion, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

I’m a medical doctor, not really an IT guy: could you perhaps explain to me what an “API gateway” is, what its purpose is and how a user might benefit from it? Why not just call the ACME server directly?

@Osiris Kong itself is basically a proxy in front of backend services, loaded with features like rate limiting, authentication, proxy cache etc. The following image might explain it better.

Mostly the benefit you will get is you don’t need to implement all of those common features like rate limiting on your own, or embed into every services you are running.

It’s not an ACME server but actually a client.

That feel like a sales pitch : ) If you feel interested in Kong, definitely try install it and try the 5 minute quickstart.

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