Problem with setting up https


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My domain

I ran this command:

It produced this output:

My operating system is (include version):openSUSE 13.2

My web server is (include version):

My hosting provider, if applicable,

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):directadmin

i have my website hosted by a hoster. And i host a application on my server i need to setup the ssl certificate but i only see manuels how set this up when you have your domain and website on the same server this is not the case for me.

i my case its a application installed on my server and i used a a record ro reslove this in a name…

i hope some can help me out iam kinda new to installing certificates…


Hi @wichert, can you explain more about what you mean by this? Do you mean that you have a separate and, or does the hoster somehow forward requests to your application on your server, or proxy requests to you?


For example :
i host my server somewhere with a aplication on it.

for example my server external ip

and i have a domain somewhere from a domain hoster.

i Created a A-record from the external ip form the server to my domain

now if i want to use https i need to install the certificate on my server but my domain is some else.

i dont understand how i shut fix this thats my problem


So, the short answer is that your domain registrar would not be relevant here.

The IP address your domain resolves to points to your application server (from what I understand), and that’s more or less all that matters to Let’s Encrypt and certbot. For all intents and purposes, you can consider your domain to be “in the same place” as your server (that’s not technically accurate, but conceptually speaking, it works).

The regular instructions for certbot for your OS/web server should work here. If you run into any problems with that, we’re happy to help!



aah ok so its actually possible to to it this way…
i have some expierence with setting up certificates but not like this when domain a host are not in the same place or however you wanna put it.

so directions wil be highly appreciated


As I mentioned, the domain registrar and your hosting provider being different is a very common use-case, and does not affect anything SSL-related at all. The regular instructions on certbot’s homepage should work just fine for you.


@pfg i did already do those steps i tought you meant something else.

i did this part but no luck…


Can you be a bit more specific than that? What errors did you run into, etc? How do you plan on using your certificate (web server software, etc.)?


after finishing up this i testet my https but it dint work iam plannign to use my certificate for software onwlcoud the be exact…


What were the commands you ran prior to that, and what was the output? The renew command is something you would run after you first successfully got the certificates with something like --apache or certonly. It seems like that step didn’t succeed, as there’s no certificate for the renew command to actually renew.



I used this one:

after this command i did recieve a bleuscreen that asked me to setup soms things
like fil in your domain name:

after thats i did run the command that i sendend you before this message


I’d be interested in the final output of that command. It if succeeded, you should’ve gotten something like “Congratulations! Your certificate …”, along with the path to the certificate. Otherwise, there should’ve been some kind of error.

Are there any directories in /etc/letsencrypt/live, with files like cert.pem inside? If not, that would indicate something went wrong with the first command. I’d recommend running it again and pasting the final output of that command here so we can check what the actual issue was.



i dint recieve any final output and alos nor error message the only thing i did recieve was in the last screen shot.

in the /etc/letsencrypt are 3 files account ,options-ssl-apache.conf and renewal

the etc/letsencrypt/live doesnt exist

strange… i follow al of this

i dunno anymore but clearly something messed up becuase iam missing the live folder i guess


It’s possible that PuTTY swallowed the final output, I’ve seen it do that in the past when used with ncurses dialogs.

Try running:

./certbot-auto --apache -t

This will avoid the interactive dialogs and provide a text-based interface where you should be able to see the final output. The live/ directory being missing is consistent with that command failing for some reason, so that’s probably where things went wrong.


@pfg 1 Step before is already going wrong now

i did redownlaod the files becuase certbot was for not the direcory where it was before…

i gues in went already wrong here…


Hmm, I’m not sure if certbot is compatible with the way openSUSE organizes their apache configuration by default. You might have to use certonly mode, for example with the webroot plugin. This allows you to get the certificate files, but it would not automatically install those certificates in apache, so you’d have to do that on your own. Mozilla’s SSL Configuration Generator has a good base config for apache and other web servers, but you might want to look for more specific guides on how to enable SSL on openSUSE.


@PFG ok i dint now it dint support opensuse thanks for your time anyway.

i wil look around for something else …

no free certificatie for me i guess:P


Just to clarify, this only affects the apache plugin and its automated installation/configuration. You can still get a certificate using the method I suggested in my previous post, certbot just won’t be able to configure your web server for you (which is true for all other CAs out there as well).


@pfg yes i understand but iam kinda new in this certificate stuff so i can t configure that out of my head…

Since there are no complete manuels i need to put the pieces together and hope for it to work.

some one with exp can do that put when you gona put info togher its not going to be complete and in the end its not gonna work

thanks, atleast for your suggestions and your fast response


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