The requested dns-route53 plugin does not appear to be installed

Please fill out the fields below so we can help you better. Note: you must provide your domain name to get help. Domain names for issued certificates are all made public in Certificate Transparency logs (e.g. |, so withholding your domain name here does not increase secrecy, but only makes it harder for us to provide help.

My domain

I ran this command:sudo certbot certonly --dns-route53 -d --agree-tos -m -n

It produced this output:Saving debug log to /var/log/letsencrypt/letsencrypt.log
Could not choose appropriate plugin: The requested dns-route53 plugin does not appear to be installed
The requested dns-route53 plugin does not appear to be installed

My web server is (include version):Cherrypy

The operating system my web server runs on is (include version):Ubuntu 18.04LTS

My hosting provider, if applicable, is:AWS

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):

The version of my client is (e.g. output of certbot --version or certbot-auto --version if you're using Certbot):certbot 1.14.0

I'm experimenting with the command line installation with plugins. I'm sure I've installed that plugin using pip3 install certbot-dns-route53
But certbot doesn't seem to recognize this.

1 Like

Did you forget that the new certbot is installed via snap? The instructions on will tell you to also install the DNS plugins using snap.

Edit a bit: In case someone would say I'm hostile, I said this because we guided the OP through replacing his old certbot pip installation with snap-based one in previous threads.


Hi Steve, no please don't feel that this is anything unfriendly.
I think it is a good thing to clarify this, only because there is currently a lot of unofficial articles that sometimes can be misleading. A simple google search would easily lead us newbie users to something "pip...", instead of "snap...".

Very appreciate that you helped clarify this. Thank you.


This topic was automatically closed 30 days after the last reply. New replies are no longer allowed.