There were too many requests of a given type :: Error creating new order :: too many certificates (5) already issued for this exact set of domains in the last 168 hours

Hello everyone, due to my inattention, I increased the limit of attempts to obtain a certificate, and now I have to wait 7 days. I read that I'm not the only one, and I saw that you can somehow use the certificates that I already created. But the fact is that I deleted them in my folders, how to restore them and start using them?

If you can find/recover the private key, you can download the certificates. (From

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where exactly can you tell me please and how?
After all, as far as I understand, I need to restore these files

Without the privkey.pem files, the (public) certificates are useless..

In the future, please do your experimenting/testing on the staging environment to prevent these kind of issues with rate limits.


go on

Search for your domain name, you'll see your certificates and you can download them.

But they will indeed be useless without the matching private key, that is usually different for each one (it can be the same if you configured it like that).


And if I deleted it, then it remains only to wait 168 hours, right? There is no backup command? or resume

That depends on your operating system and storage drivers...


You are allowed to create up to 5 certs with identical domain names in the past 168 hours (7 days). You mentioned you increased "attempts". There is also a rate limit on how many failed attempts are allowed per hour which then resets after an hour. But, if you actually were issued 5 certs you must wait.


The most important data from Certbot is saved in /etc/letsencrypt/ (some things like log files are stored separately). Certbot does not perform backup tasks. It's up to the system operator/user of the host to secure that directory from incidents.


For one domain I get the same message although I am not aware I did try to renew - lately.
Could some spambot doing this?

The domain cert will run out in 2 days and I don't know what to do?


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Hi @kiwisigi, and welcome to the LE community forum :slight_smile:

Please open a new help topic and answer all the questions presented (as well as provide any other pertinent information).


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