Can I install Let's Encrypt SSL Certificate on my VPS and also continue using CloudFlare?

September 12, 2016 2.2k views
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Hello, I have a website hosted in a VPS running Ubuntu 14.05 and Nginx and I was wondering is it possible to get for my website Let's Encrypt SSL Certificate while keeping using CloudFlare services.

2 Answers

I found this note on this guide :

Note: If your domain is routing through a DNS service like CloudFlare, you will need to temporarily disable it until you have obtained the certificate.

perhaps it can give you some info and how to do it.

In this tutorial, we will show you how to use Let's Encrypt to obtain a free SSL certificate and use it with Nginx on Ubuntu 16.04. We will also show you how to automatically renew your SSL certificate. If you're running a different web server, simply follow your web server's documentation to learn how to use the certificate with your setup.

If you're using Let's Encrtypt on your server you'll be able to use Cloudflare Full SSL (Restrict) mode. But CloudFlare will mask Let's Encrtypt certificate. Meaning it Let's Encrtypt certificate will not publicly available.

If you want to use custom certificate instead of Cloudflare issued shared certificates, you'll need to upgrade your CloudFlare account to business plan.

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