Expired Lets Encrypt certificate on a migrated droplet

Hello, I have an issue where a droplet that has been migrated over to another account has an expired Lets Encrypt certificate. Any attempts to force the certificates to renew from my account fail the challenges and I’m not sure if I need to just get a new certificate or not.

I’ve gone through multiple different pages on DigitalOcean, sites on recommended steps and videos however, all seem to focus more on installing and renewing already working certs.

I’m at a bit of a loss here, any and all help is greatly appreciated!

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Regards, One Stressed Human


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Hi, Can you run the following command to check what version of Let’s Encrypt bot you have installed? Share the result, pls.

apt list --installed | grep --ignore-case --regexp 'certbot' --regexp 'letsencrypt'


@Demlock wrote
My first thought is to just run a quick: sudo apt update In order to get all of my packages updated.

apt update does not update the packages. Due to man apt, it is used to download package information from all configured sources. To upgrade your packages use following combination

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade

However, before that, create a droplet’s snapshot, just in case. You mentioned there are 148 packages for upgrading. It is a bit likely that something might go wrong.

Hello @KFSys and thank you for the reply.

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On entering the CLI I get the following errors: ACMEV1 is deprecated notification and that I need to update the ACME client software. I also have 148 packages that can be upgraded.

My first thought is to just run a quick: sudo apt update

In order to get all of my packages updated. ACME does not get updated during this process


I head to the recommended site:

To follow the steps to update to which then refers me to the following site:

Which then sends me here:

This above list win-acme site does not have any listings for my current Ubuntu version.

I noticed that the droplet is running Ubuntu version: 18.04.1 LTS (Bionic)

This is where I’m at a bit of a loss here.

I’m trying to use Let’s Encrypt but as this was migrated to a different droplet on a different account I don’t know if it was setup over here.

Hi @fandrev87,

Can you walk me through the process of upgrading your Let’s Encrypt so that I can try and re-create it on my end and give you some pointers? First, are you using your droplet’s certbot or are you trying to add the Let’s Encrypt from your control panel?

Do you see any errors presented there and as a whole can you provide us with as much information as possible to try and help out?