Running certbot as root

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My domain is:

I ran this command:

It produced this output:
su or sudo not found (don’t remember exact verbiage)

My web server is (include version):

The operating system my web server runs on is (include version):

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):

I am in a shared hosting environment on Godaddy. I attempted to install certbot from the command line, only to discover that it requires root privileges. I initially called Godday to see if I could get sudo privileges to complete the install, but then after reading over the installation script, I see that it actually requires to be run as root. Why?

Why does certbot run as root and not as a user? In a shared hosting environment, I can’t use Let’s Encrypt. I love the idea of using open source technology, but I can’t in my enviromnet. Certbot should run as either the user installing it, or a service account, but its not a good practice to run it as root.

Thank you.


certbot-auto needs root access to install some dependencies from your server’s Linux distribution. It does not necessarily need root to function once installed, but certbot usually is used to install the certificates for you too and that does require root access.

For shared hosting, lightweight clients like are usually preferred. These have lighter dependencies than full-featured clients, so you can usually get away with not installing anything as long as you have the basic necessities like openssl installed.

In fact, if you use GoDaddy’s CPanel-based hosting, you can actually automate the entire issuance process with it, including installing the certificate with the CPanel API:

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Thank you patches. I’ll look into using


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